Superior Imaging. Accurate Results.
While the setting for our imaging services is a peaceful beach setting, behind the boardwalk, cabanas and Adirondack chairs lies some of the most sophisticated imaging and diagnostic tools in the region.
A mammography is the first line of diagnostics when a lump or tumor is detected during a routine examination. While mammograms are notorious for being uncomfortable, you'll find that our imaging specialists are extremely caring and compassionate, ensuring that this important test is as comfortable as possible.
One of the biggest advances in this area is the development of digital mammography. Capturing unprecedented detail, digital mammography reduces the window of time required to conduct imaging while greatly reducing exposure to radiation compared to conventional x-ray mammography. Unlike traditional mammography, digital images can be enlarged and enhanced with no loss of detail and can be stored and shared electronically, so your doctor can analyze the results more quickly.
Dual x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans are used to provide you and your doctor with a highly accurate assessment of your body mass in three key areas: fat mass, lean body mass and bone mass. This is essential to assess the effects of obesity, aging or other major health issues that can affect women. One of the major uses of DEXA is for the detection of osteoporosis in its earliest stages so that accurate measurements can be taken. DEXA scans can then be used to create benchmarks in your overall health, allowing your doctor to keep you in optimal health and wellness as you age.
Should an anomaly appear in one of these initial tests, your doctor may recommend a biopsy, which involves the removal of a small piece of the lump so that the presence or absence of cancer can be confirmed under a microscope.
In an MRI-guided biopsy, radiologists use magnetic resonance imaging to locate the site of the lump, which may be difficult to locate otherwise due to its small size. Once the lump has been located, a core needle is inserted into it and a small tissue sample retrieved. The biopsy leaves little to no scarring and can be conducted with topical anesthetic.
Another option is an ultrasound guided biopsy. The radiologist uses ultrasound instead of MRI to locate the tissues that need more in-depth examination, then retrieves the specimen using a hollow core needle or vacuum assisted device (VAD).
The final option is a stereotactic biopsy. Using a computer, the radiologist locates the exact center of the area by taking multiple x-rays to create a stereo image of the area in question. Once the center is located, the sample is retrieved using a biopsy needle.
By bouncing ultrasound waves off tissue and examining the echoes returned, doctors at Florida Hospital Celebration Health can get a highly accurate view of a variety of issues, from detecting cancer in breast tissue to giving you a real time moving picture of your unborn baby.
The advent of 4-D ultrasound technology offers you accurate, detailed images of your baby, right down to what their nose, mouth and fingers looks like. This allows you and your doctor to see your baby and make sure things are progressing as expected. Of course, this real time imaging can also be used to guide your radiologist in locating the smallest lumps in your breast in order to retrieve a sample of it. It's just one of the new and exciting technologies being adopted by the hospital in its ongoing effort to give you the best quality imaging in the region.
Pelvic Floor Imaging
In some cases, imaging of the pelvic area is required, such as a need to study sources of pain or abdominal bleeding, identify menstrual or infertility or examine other conditions involving the urinary system of reproductive organs.
When this is necessary your doctor may recommend a dynamic pelvic MRI, which can identify complex disorders in the pelvic region in a single exam, offering tremendous detail of the different anatomic compartments that make up the pelvic area. This provides a far more accurate diagnosis while reducing the need to do additional surgeries because all the issues are clearly identified during the pelvic MRI.
For more information about Imaging Services offered at Celebration Health, please visit the main Imaging section.
To schedule an appointment with our Imaging department, please call (407) 303-4111.