Diagnostic services in Tamarac, Florida
University Hospital and Medical Center provides access to comprehensive diagnostic and laboratory services. Board-certified physicians and radiologists use innovative imaging technology and interventional radiology procedures to provide the most accurate results to diagnose and treat patients.
To learn more about our diagnostic and laboratory services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 724-6342.
Specialized radiologists and laboratory technologists
The imaging department at University Hospital and Medical Center is staffed by board-certified radiologists, who are trained to perform and interpret diagnostic procedures. The imaging center provides a complete range of medical imaging procedures in general radiography and subspecialty areas.
Our radiologists use cutting-edge equipment that provides high-quality imaging in a caring, professional and compassionate manner. All of our technologists are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology and the State of Florida. Also, many have additional certifications in specialty areas.
University Hospital and Medical Center partners with Integrated Regional Laboratories to provide advanced automated laboratory services. This highly efficient system uses barcodes to greatly reduce the potential for error, decrease test turnaround time and allow easy tracking of patients throughout all phases of testing.
Diagnostic imaging services
We offer a wide variety of diagnostic medical imaging procedures to ensure you have access to testing that best suits your individualized needs as a patient.
Bone density screening
During a bone density screening, X-rays, ultrasounds or CTs will determine bone density and the risk of a bone breaking. A bone density test is the only exam that can detect osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs.
Computed tomography (CT) scan
CT scans involve a series of detailed X-rays that produce a cross-sectional, 3D image of soft tissue inside the body. CT scans offer extremely accurate results, allowing for swift diagnosis and treatment.
University Hospital and Medical Center currently uses high-speed helical CT scanners. These allow quicker, more accurate diagnoses obtained in a less costly, less invasive way.
Some of the other benefits of high-speed CT scanning include:
- Faster scan times for trauma, ICU, pediatric, geriatric and claustrophobic patients
- Decreased sedation for pediatric exams
- Timely service for scheduled patients
Interventional radiology is a medical specialty that uses minimally invasive methods to diagnose and treat disease. In interventional radiology, physicians are able to gain in-depth insight into the body, often times with an incision no longer than two inches.
We offer a full range of interventional services, including:
- Biliary interventions
- Vascular access
- Dialysis graft maintenance
- Fallopian tube recanalization
Our mammography services are used to diagnose breast cancer and breast tissue anomalies, such as tumors and other breast diseases. Our imaging department uses digital mammography for enhanced image quality and procedure accuracy to determine breast health.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRI is one of the safest, most comfortable ways to obtain clear, detailed pictures of the inside of the human body without the use of X-rays, surgery or biopsy. MRI scans are painless for the patient and offer high-quality images of internal structures that allow physicians and technicians to provide an accurate diagnosis.
These detailed images contribute to higher accuracy in detecting disease, enabling patients to receive early treatment. As a result, MRI's can often reduce the need for certain diagnostic surgeries. MRI aids in the diagnosis of many conditions including but not limited to:
- Bone diseases
- Hydrocephalus (abnormal fluid in the skull)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spine disorders
- Stroke (cerebrovascular incident)
- Traumatic injuries
- Joint pain
- Ligament Injury
- Difficult to diagnose fractures
Accredited by the American College of Radiology, our nuclear medicine department uses advanced techniques to diagnose and treat disease. Nuclear medicine specialists will use small amounts of radioactive materials to closely examine organ function.
Nuclear medicine is an important medical tool in the diagnosis of a variety of conditions including:
- Bone tumors
- Heart disease
- Kidney function
- Breast cancer
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Thyroid conditions
Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT)
This remarkable, advanced imaging technology allows physicians to make earlier diagnoses and develop targeted treatment plans for cancer and Alzheimer's disease. PET/CT also provides insight for radiation therapy, a treatment option for cancer. PET/CT is performed in half the scanning time of standard PET.
Ultrasound imaging produces live pictures of soft tissues in the body. It uses high-frequency waves that reflect off of solid surfaces as echoes. Ultrasound plays an important role in patient screening and vascular disease follow-up, as well as tracking the development and growth of a fetus.
One of the most well known, non-invasive tests available, X-rays send radio waves through the body to create an image. X-rays can show broken bones, tumors and even organs.
Diagnostic lab services
Our diagnostic laboratories are staffed by licensed technologists and offer a variety of testing options to meet the needs of patients, including:
Routine laboratory services
Routine lab testing is often ordered by a physician to gain general insights into a patient's overall health. This can be done through hematology (study of the blood cells) or urinalysis (study of urine and the urinary tract).
Coagulation testing measures the ability of a patient's blood to clot, as well as how long it takes for blood to clot. This testing can help a doctor determine a patient's risk of bleeding, particularly if a surgical procedure is under consideration. We offer special coagulation testing, including factor and inhibitor assays.
Cytology is used to diagnose diseases on a cellular level. In cytology, cells are viewed under a microscope to check for infection, diseases and cancer.
Drug and hormone monitoring
Therapeutic drug and hormone monitoring measures the time it takes for a specific medication to break down as well as how long the medication stays concentrated in a patient's system. This testing is often used for patients who will be on medications for an extended period of time, to ensure that the medication dosage is still correct as the patient changes and ages.
Infectious disease testing
Infectious diseases can be transmitted in a variety of ways, and, if not detected, can have serious consequences. Blood tests are one of the only accurate ways to positively identify a number of infectious diseases, including influenza, Lyme disease and the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).
Microbiology testing is used to identify certain bacteria and viruses in a patient's system. Common microbiology testing includes:
Preparing for clinical laboratory services
Before attending your laboratory appointment, you’ll receive specific information about preparing for your procedure. For the most accurate results, follow all instructions provided by your physician and technicians. You’ll also want to:
- Review your insurance policy before you arrive to make sure your upcoming procedure is covered. If you are unsure about coverage, call your insurance company before your appointment.
- Contact your doctor’s office if you still have additional questions.
- Leave jewelry and other unnecessary valuables at home in the event that your procedure requires you to remove these items.
On the day of your procedure, we suggest checking-in at the appropriate registration desk 20 minutes before your appointment. You’ll be asked to review and sign documents related to your procedure.