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 medical imaging in Davie
We offer comprehensive and convenient inpatient and outpatient medical imaging to the Davie community.
HCA Florida University Hospital's diagnostic imaging department offers a wide variety of advanced radiology and imaging procedures 24/7. We offer inpatient imaging for patients staying with us in the hospital and outpatient imaging for scheduled imaging exams. Additionally, we are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and have vast experience providing imaging services to both adults and pediatric patients.
Medical imaging services we offer
Our hospital provides a wide range of medical imaging techniques and procedures.
Comprehensive imaging procedures
Our diagnostic imaging procedures produce advanced images of all areas of the body. We perform many specialized imaging procedures so we can provide swift, accurate diagnoses. Our imaging services include:
- Bone age exam — This procedure involves a simple X-ray of a child's hand, wrist and fingers that are compared to other X-rays of children of the same age and sex. This is helpful in identifying proper bone growth and maturity.
- Computerized tomography (CT) scanning — CT scans are a highly detailed form of imaging that create cross-sectional images of structures in the body. This is accomplished by combining X-rays taken from multiple angles through computer-aided technology to produce a single, detailed image. CT scanning is ideal for capturing images of bones, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, muscles and soft tissues in the body. We commonly use CT scans to assist in:
- Diagnosing incoming patients with a stroke
- Performing image-guided biopsies
- Specialized heart imaging, such as angiography
- Viewing the sinuses, including the nasal cavity
- Imaging of the brain, chest, abdomen and pelvis
- Hysterosalpingogram — This examination looks specifically at the uterus and fallopian tubes using fluoroscopy. This procedure is aided by the use of a contrast agent.
- Interventional radiology — This specialty relies on image guidance during a procedure and can be a suitable substitute for traditional, open surgery. We perform the following interventional radiology procedures:
- Uterine fibroid embolization — This procedure is aided by real-time X-ray technology, called fluoroscopy, to deliver a device that blocks off the arteries supplying blood to uterine fibroids, causing them to shrink.
- Vertebroplasty — This procedure treats fractures in the vertebrae by injecting a cement-like mixture into the affected vertebrae. The injection is targeted and applied with the assistance of image guidance.
- Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) — This is a type of X-ray examination that uses contrast material to create detailed images of the kidneys, ureters and bladder.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — MRI scans use a magnetic field instead of radiation to produce images of the body. MRI is a useful tool in imaging organs, bones and soft tissues.
- Nuclear medicine — Nuclear medicine is imaging that is assisted through the ingestion or administration of a radioactive "tracer" in the body. The tracer acts as a guide by highlighting the area being imaged, which is picked up by imaging technology and creates an internal view of the affected area. Sometimes, nuclear imaging may be combined with other techniques, such as CT scans. We offer the following types of nuclear imaging:
- Bone scans — Bone scans rely on a radioactive tracer to identify diseased, injured or infected areas of bone in the body.
- Multiple gated acquisition (MUGA) scans — MUGA scans use a radioactive tracer to evaluate the function of the lower two chambers of the heart, called ventricles.
- Stress tests — Stress tests use a radioactive tracer to view and evaluate how the heart is functioning, including blood flow in and out of the heart.
- Ultrasound — Ultrasound is a unique imaging technique in that it does not require the use of radiation. Instead, it produces live images by capturing high-frequency sound waves. This technique is ideal for your doctor to view the organs and is commonly used as a guide in procedures, such as biopsies. Ultrasound is the preferred method of fetal imaging due to the lack of radiation. It is also commonly used to examine the abdomen, pelvis and cardiovascular system. Different types of ultrasound imaging include:
- Carotid ultrasound — This procedure produces images of the inside of the carotid arteries.
- Echocardiogram — This is a specialized ultrasound of the heart. It allows your doctor to view your heart's function.
- Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) — This is an advanced echocardiogram that uses a transducer (a thin tube passed into the body) to gather highly detailed images of the heart's structure.
- Upper gastrointestinal (upper GI) series — An upper GI series uses X-ray imaging and a contrast agent like barium that shows up white on an X-ray to view the function and structures making up the gastrointestinal tract. This imaging exam may be used to diagnose functional problems or structural abnormalities.
- Video swallow exam — This exam uses fluoroscopy to visualize a patient's ability to effectively swallow.
Heart screening and imaging
Advanced imaging is a key component of our comprehensive cardiac care services. Providing an accurate, swift diagnosis is critical when intervening during a cardiac event, and our cardiac experts work with our emergency room (ER) staff to ensure every patient receives the care they need.
As needed, we perform heart screening and imaging procedures such as:
- Contrast echocardiogram
- Echocardiogram with Doppler ultrasound
- Stress echocardiogram
- Electrophysiology studies
- Stress testing
Our commitment to patient safety
Patient safety is our top priority. Our entire staff is dedicated to reducing radiation exposure by following nationally accepted guidelines for administering the lowest, most effective doses of radiation.
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