Imaging center in Brandon, Florida

Brandon Regional Hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality imaging procedures. With a full range of diagnostic imaging tests, we help you and your doctor better understand your health.

To learn more about our imaging services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.

Diagnostic imaging procedures

  • Bone density screenings: Determines the strength of a patient's bone through the amount of calcium in a specific region of the bones; effective in the diagnosis of osteoporosis.
  • Computerized tomography (CT): Commonly used to examine the brain, chest, abdomen and pelvis.
  • Digital breast localization: Procedure to locate a specific area within the breast prior to surgically removing the tissue.
  • Digital stereotactic breast biopsy: Outpatient vacuum-assisted biopsy requiring only one insertion with a small sampling probe.
  • Fluoroscopy: Allows doctors to visualize joints, moving organs and even blood passing through veins through the use of dye.
  • Mammography: X-ray test used to screen for and diagnose breast cancer.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Uses a high-powered magnet and radio waves to create accurate and detailed images.
  • Ultrasound: Enables physicians to see inside the body to evaluate internal organs, pregnancies, cancer, abdominal disorders, blood vessel problems, pelvic disorders and other conditions.
  • X-ray: a high energy form of electromagnetic waves that helps doctors visualize bones, soft tissues and organs.

The picture archiving communication system (PACS) allows doctors to view and manipulate images, simultaneously and from separate locations.

Interventional radiology (IR) procedures

IR is a specialty of radiology using iodine contrast and minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. These procedures are designed to minimize risk to the patient and improve healthy outcomes. We offer the following procedures:

  • Peripheral vascular angiography: Diagnostic test using a catheter to inject dye (contrast medium) into peripheral arteries. X-rays are taken of the dye within the arteries, allowing clear visualization of the blood flow inside the artery where peripheral vascular disease occurs
  • Neurovascular angiography: Imaging procedure that exams blood vessels in the brain
  • Vertebroplasty: Procedure to stabilize compression fractures in the spine

Iodine contrast media

The use of IV iodinated contrast is used extensively in radiology imaging to visualize vascular structures like the arteries and veins. It is also helpful in evaluating diseases and the vascular performance of the organs like the kidneys, ureters, bladder, liver, spleen, heart, and brain.

Kidney function and iodine contrast

Kidneys are responsible for removing fluids from the body, including iodine. Their function is determined by measuring the amount creatinine in urine. When the creatinine is within normal range,the kidneys are functioning and excreting the contrast properly. Elevated creatinine may indicate a decrease in kidney function and require some special consideration when using the IV iodinated contrast media.

Allergies to iodinated contrast media

Adverse effects from administrated iodinated contrast media are generally mild. The more serious allergic reactions are significantly less common.

Shortly after the injection of iodinated contrast media, patients:

  • May feel a warming sensation throughout the body
  • Typically experience a hot feeling around the throat and a hot sensation gradually moving down to the pelvic area (these sensations are normal and are not considered a reaction)
  • With known allergies to iodinated contrast media should be pre-medicated with a standard protocol of prednisone and diphenhydramine

Pre-medication protocol

Patients with known allergies to iodinated contrast media, should be pre-medicated using this standard protocol of prednisone and diphenhydramine:

  • 50 milligrams of prednisone 13 hours prior to the exam
  • 50 milligrams of prednisone 7 hours prior to the exam
  • 50 milligrams of prednisone 1 hour prior to the exam
  • 50 milligrams of diphenhydramine 1 hour prior to the exam