Imaging services refers to the performance of imaging exams for better visualization and treatment of medical conditions. Different exams allow radiologists and physicians to view structures and activity within the body. Imaging exams are vital for diagnosis and there are a wide range of tests that can be performed.
Diagnostic imaging in Miami
HCA Florida Mercy Hospital offers advanced imaging options and a wide range of screening services.
You'll find these services are provided in a private, patient-centered atmosphere to help you feel comfortable. Our radiologists and technicians will work closely with you to ensure you get the quick and accurate results you need. Together, we can help your doctor better understand your health.
Medical imaging services we offer
Our diagnostic services include a wide variety of imaging procedures, such as:
Computerized tomography (CT) scans
CT scans involve a series of detailed X-rays that produce a cross-sectional, 3D image of bones, blood vessels and soft tissue inside the body. CT scans offer extremely accurate results allowing for swift diagnosis and treatment of many injuries and conditions. This includes bone fractures, cardiovascular disease, infections, tumors and cancer.
Mammogram screenings use low-dose X-ray imaging technology to examine breast health.
The Women’s Center at our hospital uses mammography to diagnose breast cancer and breast tissue anomalies, such as tumors and other breast diseases.
Interventional radiology is an imaging specialty that allows for image-guided diagnosis and treatment for many conditions. It uses the guidance of imaging technologies and often replaces surgical procedures. This make it easier on you as the procedures involve less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRI involves using a magnetic field to produce high-quality, detailed images of internal structures, including organs and soft tissue. MRIs are especially helpful in diagnosing joint or tendon damage, blood vessel problems, stroke and aneurysms.
When receiving a nuclear medicine procedure, you will be given a radioactive tracer (a compound that highlights certain functions within the body). The tracer allows processes within the body to be viewed with imaging technology.
Exams may include:
- Bone scans
- Thyroid scans
- Gastric emptying, including digestive process tracking and timing
- Hepatobiliary (liver and bile duct function) scans
- Gastrointestinal (GI) bleed studies
- Cardiac single-photon emission CT (SPECT) scanning
Ultrasound imaging is similar to MRI but produces live pictures of the body's soft tissue and organs. It uses high-frequency sound waves that reflect back as echoes when they reaches solid surfaces.
Ultrasound plays an important role diagnosing breast lumps, inflamed joints, blood flow issues and gallbladder, genital and prostate problems. Ultrasounds are also used to monitor unborn babies during prenatal care.
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