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Imaging services

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.

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Diagnostic imaging center in Hernando County, Florida

At HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital, we provide comprehensive imaging services so you and your doctor can better understand your health.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited us for meeting rigorous national standards for excellence in imaging. We are ACR-accredited for mammography, lung cancer screening and computerized tomography (CT) imaging. Your results are uploaded directly to our MyHealthOne patient portal for ease of access. Additionally, we use a picture archiving communication system (PACS). PACS allows a team of physicians to view and manipulate images simultaneously, even from separate locations. This means your doctors can more quickly access your results to get you the care you need.

Our diagnostic imaging services

We offer an array of imaging services to diagnose and identify conditions, diseases and disorders. Our services include:

Bone density screening

A bone density screening determines the approximate strength of your bones. Using small amounts of radiation, the technologist evaluates the bone density and amount of calcium in a specific region of the bone. This type of screening is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis and determine your risk for bone fractures.

CT scanning

A CT scan is one of the most commonly used tools to examine the brain, chest, abdomen and pelvis. CT scans help diagnose a range of conditions by taking 3D images, or "slices," of internal organs and other structures inside the body.

Here, we use state-of-the-art CT technology with twice the speed and coverage of traditional CT scanners and a higher definition image quality.

CT scans are used to identify blood clots, broken bones, cancer, signs of heart disease and internal bleeding.

Coronary CT angiography (CCTA)

During a CCTA, a contrast dye is injected into a vein. The CT scanner is used to measure when the contrast dye reaches the heart's blood vessels. Once there, the CT scanner takes hundreds of images of the heart and merges them to form a highly detailed image of the heart. This allows diseases to be detected very early, even before you show symptoms.

This defined image can also be enhanced to show just the arteries, muscles or veins. This reconstructed image allows the radiologist to see blocked arteries that could lead to a heart attack or other conditions. The test can detect small amounts of plaque that can be missed on other exams.

Fluoroscopy

This type of X-ray provides moving images to view various parts of the body. Using a special contrast dye, which shows up more clearly on X-rays, physicians can view joints, moving organs and even blood passing through veins.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRI is a minimally invasive imaging technique, which uses a high-powered magnet and radio waves to create accurate and detailed images of the body. MRIs do not use radiation.

We use advanced MRI technology, which provides such high-definition images that previously undetected abnormalities can now be diagnosed.

MRI scan times are typically faster than other forms of imaging.

Mammography and breast imaging

Breast imaging tests are used to screen for and diagnose breast cancer as well as determine overall breast health.

The American Cancer Society recommends women 45 to 54 years old get mammograms every year. It is recommended women 55 years old and older get mammograms every other year. If you have a high-risk of developing breast cancer, you may need to have mammograms at an earlier age.

You should talk to your doctor about the right screening schedule for you.

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The ACR designated our hospital as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. They also accredited some imaging types that we offer as part of our breast health services, including:

  • Breast MRI
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine is an imaging technology which uses a special radioactive material to pinpoint activity within the body on a molecular level. Nuclear medicine can be used to detect diseases affecting the gallbladder, heart and thyroid.

Ultrasound

Using high-frequency sound waves, ultrasounds produce images of the soft tissue areas in the body, including internal organs.

This noninvasive imaging technique helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions, such as abdominal disorders, blood clots and certain cancers.