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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 in Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Orlando

Quality, accurate imaging is essential to medical diagnoses, surgeries and treatments.

That's why HCA Florida Osceola Hospital is dedicated to offering comprehensive diagnostic imaging services. We provide a full-service imaging department as well as an outpatient breast imaging center. Regardless of which location you visit for your imaging procedure, our team strives to make your experience as comfortable and convenient as possible.

Our imaging services

Our team is committed to providing you with high-quality imaging services and customized care.

Types of medical imaging we offer

We provide access to a wide range of medical imaging technologies to diagnose diseases and injuries. Some of our services include:

  • 3T breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • 3T magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • 3T MRI
  • Bone density scan, or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)
  • Computerized tomography (CT), including a 256-slice CT scanner
  • Digital mammography
  • Digital X-ray
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Ultrasound
Heart imaging

We also offer a wide range of heart screening and imaging services. Using advanced imaging techniques, we can detect heart disease in its earliest stages.

Full-service outpatient imaging

Our outpatient imaging and breast center is located at:

730 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741

This center provides easy access to a full range of diagnostic imaging services available on an outpatient basis. Our imaging center not only offers first-class imaging exams, but also houses our Breast Care Center where women can receive advanced screenings for breast cancer.

Patients who choose our outpatient imaging center have access to:

  • Same day appointments for CTs, MRIs, screening mammograms, X-rays and bone density scans
  • Fellowship-trained, specialized radiologists
  • Imaging results easily available to hospital physicians if an emergency medical situation occurs or hospital admittance is needed
  • Dedicated breast care navigator who provides comprehensive assessment, support and guidance
  • Immediate, priority care for all children

Preparing for your imaging service

You will find information below to help you prepare for your imaging test.

Preparing for an imaging exam

If you are coming to either of our locations for imaging services, we ask that you:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time, unless instructed otherwise
  • Bring your prescription or physician order for your exam, your insurance card and photo identification
  • When possible, bring any prior exam results that were not conducted in our hospital network
  • Bring your co-payment, if applicable
Preparing for contrast imaging exams

If you are 60 years old and older, you are required to have lab results drawn within 30 days prior to an imaging exam that uses contrast dye.

If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor about specific pre- and post-procedure instructions regarding your medications.

We ask that you please inform the technologist prior to a contrast exam if any of the following apply to you:

  • 60 years old or older
  • Currently experiencing abdominal swelling caused by peritoneal cavity fluid (ascites)
  • Currently on dialysis
  • Currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have a known history of contrast reactions or allergies
  • Have had a kidney transplant
  • Have or have had kidney disease
Preparing for a digital mammogram

It is required for you to bring prior mammograms with you if the exams were not performed at HCA Florida Osceola Hospital or our outpatient breast center. A comparison mammogram is essential to accurately interpret a current study. If a previous exam for comparison is not brought, the radiologist may deem the study incomplete and ask you to return for additional tests.

When coming to one of our facilities for a digital mammogram, please do not wear any perfume or powder.

You may feel more comfortable in a two piece outfit.

Try not to schedule your exam one week prior to your menstrual cycle. During this time, breasts can be more sensitive.

Preparing for a 3T MRI

There are no special preparations required before receiving a 3T MRI. However, you may be prohibited from receiving this type of MRI if you have:

  • A pacemaker
  • Certain types of aneurysm clips
  • Certain types of surgically implanted mechanical devices or hardware

We ask that you refrain from wearing jewelry, as it can interfere with the exam.

You should allow approximately one hour for a 3T MRI.

Preparing for a bone density scan

Also referred to as a DEXA scan, bone density screening requires minimal special preparation. Please do not take calcium supplements 24 hours prior to the exam. You may prefer to wear elastic-waist clothing.

Please notify our imaging center if you have received a barium or nuclear medicine exam within 48 hours of a scheduled bone density scan.

Preparing for a CT scan

You should allow approximately one hour for a CT scan and bring any previous X-rays related to this exam.

If your CT scan is ordered with contrast, do not eat solid food or drink liquids four hours prior to your appointment. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

Abdominal and pelvic CT scans

The day before a CT scan of the abdomen or pelvis using a contrast agent, please be sure to drink plenty of fluids. On the day of your exam, do not eat solid food or drink four hours prior to appointment time. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

Patients will be given a bottle of oral contrast to drink two hours prior to the exam. This allows us to visualize the intestines during the service.

Preparing for an ultrasound

For an ultrasound of the pelvis, kidneys, bladder or uterus (first trimester obstetrics ultrasound) the bladder must be full for the exam to be performed properly. If the bladder is not full at the time of the appointment, it may be rescheduled.

Please drink a full 32 ounces of fluids one hour prior to a scheduled appointment. Try to drink all the fluids within a 20 minute time frame. For example, if an appointment is at 9:00am, begin drinking at 7:40am and finish by 8:00am.

For ultrasounds of the abdomen, do not eat solid food for six hours prior to the appointment. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.


Requesting copies of imaging results

Imaging reports are faxed to physician offices daily. Unless we are waiting on images for comparison, most reports are ready within 12 hours.

If you would like to request a copy of your imaging results, please call (407) 518-3234 and be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Dates of your exam(s)
  • Exam you are requesting
  • Who will be picking up the CD (we only provide CDs, we are a filmless facility)

Please allow 24 hours to have films copied for a CD of an exam. A signed medical records release form and proof of identification are necessary for us to release films to a patient.