Imaging center in Largo, Florida
Largo Medical Center provides comprehensive diagnostic imaging services to patients throughout the Greater Tampa area.
Our highly skilled technicians use advanced technology and state-of-the-art imaging equipment to provide accurate and fast screening results. Our board-certified radiologists interpret the results and promptly send the results to your doctor. Using the results, your doctor can determine a diagnosis. Your physician then develops a personalized treatment plan to get you on your way to better health.
Physician referrals are required for all diagnostic imaging services except mammograms.
To schedule an appointment, please call Largo Medical's Central Scheduling Office at (800) 617-7102.
For our commitment to excellence in imaging services, the American College of Radiology accredited our Largo imaging center for the following five imaging services:
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear medicine
Our medical imaging services
Diagnostic imaging tests are a vital first step in determining a diagnosis for the cause of pain, injury or abnormality you may experience. With the results from these screening methods, our physicians form a diagnosis. Then, they develop a customized pathway to recovery for you.
Neurodiagnostics is the branch of diagnostic imaging which records electrical activity from the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is one of the most common neurodiagnostic procedures. An EEG records electrical activity within the brain. Our neurologists use EEG results to diagnose brain disorders and abnormal brain activity.
General and fluoroscopic X-ray
General diagnostic X-ray uses electromagnetic energy beams to produce images. Our doctors analyze the images, which help detect tumors, infections, arthritis and bone and joint injuries.
Fluoroscopy uses X-ray imaging to create real-time, moving images of the area of the body being examined.
Computed tomography (CT) scan
CT scans use X-ray technology to produce cross-sectional images, also called "slices," of the interior of the body. These noninvasive, fast and painless imaging procedures are used to detect cancer, blood clots, broken bones and signs of internal bleeding.
We also use CT scans to guide biopsies and to monitor the effectiveness of tumor treatments.
Helical (or spiral) CT scans can be conducted with a patient only needing to hold their breath once during the process. During this type of CT scan procedure, X-ray beams scan the patient's body in a spiral path, creating 3D, stackable "slice" images.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Our radiologists use high-field/high-definition MRIs to view intricate structures within the body. MRIs use a magnetic field instead of radiation or X-rays to produce high-definition images in multiple planes.
MRIs are used to diagnose a wide range of health conditions and internal injuries. Scan times for these minimally invasive procedures are typically shorter than other imaging procedures.
Lymph nodes, or lymph glands, are small, bean-shaped organs found throughout the body. When functioning properly, they help fight infection and disease.
In patients with tumors, lymphatic mapping is used to find the sentinel node—the nearby node most likely to also contain metastatic disease or cancer. This imaging technique consists of injecting a dye or other radioactive substance in the area near the site of the tumor.
A patient may have this procedure performed if he or she has melanoma or breast cancer so a physician can view if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.
Nuclear medicine imaging pinpoints molecular-level activity in the body using small amounts of radioactive substances. With nuclear medicine, physicians can measure biological processes in real time. This helps detect diseases early—before the diseases cause structural changes which are visible on MRI or CT scans.
Nuclear medicine is used to diagnose bone abnormalities, cancer, heart disease and other diseases. Therapeutic uses of nuclear medicine include pain alleviation, reduction of tumor size and elimination of cancerous tissues.
Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to produce video of soft-tissue structures and organs within the body. This noninvasive imaging method is usually painless and takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
Interventional radiology uses imaging guidance (such as CT, fluoroscopy and ultrasound) during minimally invasive procedures, which are performed to diagnose or treat health conditions.
Heart imaging and screening
To diagnose heart disease or heart disorders and abnormalities, our technicians use an array of diagnostic heart screening and imaging tools and procedures.
Some of these heart screening and imaging services include:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Holter monitoring
- Stress tests
- Cardiac catheterization
- Electrophysiology (EP) study
Angiography uses X-ray imaging to take pictures of arteries, blood or lymph vessels within the body. During an angiogram, a long, thin flexible tube, called a catheter, is inserted into the body's blood stream. A dark dye is released through the catheter to make it easier to see blood flow or obstruction on X-rays.
Mammography and women’s imaging
The Florida Breast Institute at Largo Medical offers comprehensive breast health services. The breast imaging and diagnostic procedures we offer include:
- Digital mammography
- Breast biopsy
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Bone density screening
Mammograms are imaging tests used to examine breasts for detection of abnormalities or cancer.
You can schedule a screening mammography appointment for yourself, but remember to bring your doctor’s prescription for insurance purposes.
For an appointment or information, call the Florida Breast Institute at (727) 588-0700 .