Memorial Hospital of Tampa uses sophisticated imaging technology to diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions.
Computer Tomography (CT) scans create images of internal organs, tissues and bones. In just seconds, this advanced technology can make a complete scan of your entire body - or produce detailed views of a targeted area, such as the brain or heart. Physicians can view the individual images (called "slices") for specific detail. Or they can assemble the images to create a three-dimensional view of an organ. The result often is a faster, more precise diagnosis
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI technology relies on a combination of radio waves, computer technology and a strong magnetic field to produce high-definition, three-dimensional images of internal organs and structures. Physicians order MRIs to diagnose a wide range of conditions, from cancer, heart and vascular disease and strokes to joint and muscle disorders.
Nuclear medicine uses tiny, safe levels of radioactive liquid to help physicians diagnose disease. The liquid is formulated so that after you drink it or receive it through an IV, it goes to the part of the body being studied. Then, special cameras scan the affected area. The cameras can detect disease by registering metabolic changes made visible by the liquid. Nuclear medicine procedures are painless and you are exposed to no more radiation than you would receive from a traditional x-ray.
X-rays are the most traditional form of diagnostic imaging. Even with the advent of many newer and highly advanced technologies, x-rays remain an important part of our Imaging Department and are commonly used to view broken bones and other medical conditions.
Radiographic/Fluoroscopic (R&F) Unit
Radiographic/Fluoroscopic equipment is most commonly used for upper gastrointestinal and barium studies to detect the cause digestive problems. We also use this technology to detect spinal cord abnormalities, fractures of vertebrae, and certain internal organ functions.
Digital Mammography is used for the screening and early detection of breast cancer. Women over 40 are encouraged to have a mammogram annually. To make this procedure more comfortable for our patients, we use soft, cushioned pads on our mammography equipment.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images inside the body that can be viewed on a monitor. It's a safe and painless way to view the health and development of a baby before birth. Ultrasound can be used to view other areas of the body, including the heart, liver, bladder, kidneys.
Special Procedures (Interventional Radiology)
Special procedures are performed by Interventional Radiologists and specialized staff. These procedures include biopsy, drainages, kidney procedures, vertebroplasty, and radiofrequency ablation.
Vertebroplasty is a pain treatment for vertebral compression fractures that fail to respond to conventional medical therapy, such as minimal or no pain relief with analgesics or narcotic doses that are intolerable. Vertebroplasty, a nonsurgical treatment performed by interventional radiologists using imaging guidance, stabilizes the collapsed vertebra with the injection of medical-grade bone cement into the spine. This reduces pain, and can prevent further collapse of the vertebra, thereby preventing the height loss and spine curvature commonly seen as a result of osteoporosis.