Imaging center in St. Petersburg, Florida

The radiologists and technicians at St. Petersburg General Hospital use diagnostic imaging equipment to serve our patients. Our medical imaging services allow your healthcare provider to view activities and structures within your body to better understand your health.

For additional information about our imaging services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 741-5122.

Accredited diagnostic medical imaging

The American College of Radiology has accredited us in the following modalities:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Mammography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Ultrasound

Recognition


CT scan

CT scans combine multiple, detailed X-ray images to produce a cross-sectional, 3D image of blood vessels, soft tissues and bones in the body. We often use CT scans to identify the severity of injury in trauma patients and to determine the location of damaged or blocked blood vessels in stroke patients.

Our oncology department offers low-dose CT exams to detect lung cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.

Mammography

Mammograms are very effective screening tools for early breast cancer detection. Traditionally, during this noninvasive procedure, breasts are compressed between two firm surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. Then, a technician takes X-rays of the breast tissue, so a doctor can examine the images and look for signs of breast cancer.

Our breast center offers digital 2D and 3D mammograms, which can detect smaller abnormalities than traditional mammograms. Additionally, we offer a breast compression stabilization system to patients receiving 3D mammograms. This system makes the process of getting a mammogram a more comfortable experience.

MRI

We use MRI to see details inside the body, view the extent of injuries and detect diseases. MRI is a very common, noninvasive technique. It allows physicians to examine numerous areas of the body, including the abdomen, breasts, musculoskeletal system, brain and bile ducts.

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine uses tiny amounts of radioactive tracer material and a gamma camera to produce images of the body. Nuclear imaging scans are often performed on the bones, breasts, gallbladder, heart and thyroid.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to produce live pictures of the body's soft tissues and organs. Ultrasounds can also play an important role in diagnosing breast lumps, inflamed joints, blood flow issues and gallbladder, genital and prostate conditions. Additionally, we perform ultrasound-guided biopsy procedures.

Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to produce live pictures of the body's soft tissues and organs. Ultrasounds can also play an important role in diagnosing breast lumps, inflamed joints, blood flow issues and gallbladder, genital and prostate conditions. Additionally, we perform ultrasound-guided biopsy procedures.

Our labor and delivery sonographers use ultrasounds to monitor babies before they are born. We offer 3D and 4D ultrasounds to expectant mothers so families can see their unborn babies in detail and in motion.

Body composition scan

Our body composition scans use dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) for body scanning. Our body scans provide an accurate, in-depth analysis of a person's fat, muscle, bone and water mass.

A body composition scan provides the following information about a patient's health:

  • Abdominal/visceral fat analysis
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Bone mineral density
  • Muscle mass breakdown
  • Relative skeletal muscle index

Once our body composition scanners create a detailed snapshot of a patient's body composition. They can be used to identify long-term health risks before they occur.

For example, our whole body composition test will show a patient's visceral fat. Visceral fat surrounds the organs and can be linked to metabolic disturbances, such as breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. The test will also show the exact location of your lean muscle mass. Evaluating and improving lean muscle mass is important for preventing osteoporosis, pathological conditions and chronic diseases.

Body compositions scans can provide patients with many benefits, such as:

  • Accelerating weight loss and fitness goals with targeted measurements
  • Assessing a patient's risk of developing osteoporosis and osteopenia
  • Detecting hormonal imbalances
  • Tracking progress in detail over time