Diagnostic imaging in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
At Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, we offer a full range of inpatient and outpatient diagnostic imaging services. Our physicians use imaging results to diagnose diseases, disorders and other health conditions.
To schedule an imaging appointment, please call our scheduling team at (888) 894-2114. To reach our radiology team directly, please call (850) 863-7578.
The American College of Radiology accredited Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in the following imaging services: computed tomography (CT), mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound.
Computed tomography (CT) uses X-rays to produce cross-sectional views, also known as "slices," of soft-tissue structures inside the body. CT scans are used to diagnose cancer, heart disease, stroke and chest pain.
Our 64-slice scanner can capture high-quality images quickly. This technology captures images of a beating heart in five seconds and an organ in one second. It performs a whole body trauma scan in 10 seconds.
Shorter scan times mean less time holding one's breath. This is especially helpful for older patients, patients with respiratory conditions and pediatric patients.
Quicker exam times also mean less exposure to radiation.
Integrated CT and positron emission tomography
Positron emission tomography (PET) creates images of high metabolic activity within the body.
We use an advanced system which performs PET and CT scans simultaneously. A PET scan reveals areas of abnormal activity, but the exact location is unknown. A CT scan precisely displays the body’s anatomy, but does not reveal the body’s functional chemistry.
Together, the integrated PET/CT scan allows physicians to view and pinpoint metabolic activity in 2D and 3D when diagnosing and treating cancer.
A PET/CT scan also provides early detection of reoccurring cancer, revealing tumors which may be obscured by scar tissue from surgery and/or radiation therapy.
This integrated PET/CT system also helps physicians:
- Accurately locate lesions
- Adjust plans of treatment
- Differentiate cancerous and noncancerous lesions
- Differentiate scar and healthy tissues
- Identify stages of cancer
- Monitor treatment effectiveness
- Plan radiation and surgical treatment
- Provide faster diagnosis and localization of cancer
X-rays use small doses of radiation to create images of internal body structures. X-rays are used to view and identify:
- Bone fractures and joint injuries
- Fluid in lungs
- Heart and blood vessel obstructions
- Intestinal blockages
Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy
A traditional bronchoscopy examines the major air passages of the lungs through a thin, lighted tube called a bronchoscope. This allows the physician to evaluate the lungs and collect small tissue samples to diagnose lung disease and lung cancer.
We use advanced technology to perform electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy. This provides earlier detection of lung cancer and lung disease, even before symptoms are evident. With early detection, patients benefit from enhanced treatment options.
Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy creates a virtual, 3D “roadmap” of the lungs using the patient’s CT scan. This map enables the physician to steer a unique set of catheters through the lungs to reach targeted lesion(s) in a minimally invasive manner.
Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy can be used for patients who have or had:
- Cancer surgery
- Poor lung function
- Radiation therapy
Our gastroenterologists perform gastrointestinal procedures to better understand their patients' digestive health.
Gastrointestinal testing requires special bowel preparations to ensure the doctor can visualize the digestive tract. If proper preparation instructions aren't followed, we may need to reschedule the exam.
Through our cardiology program, we provide heart screening and imaging services to detect cardiovascular diseases in their earliest stages.
Interventional radiology uses imaging modalities (such as CT and ultrasound) to guide minimally invasive procedures. This advanced computer system generates 3D images which result in improved visualization, diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the interventional radiology procedures we perform include:
- Dialysis catheters for renal failure treatment
- Discograms to identify pain-causing spinal discs
- Embolizations to stop internal bleeding or unwanted blood flow
- Fistulagrams to visualize a fistula for possible angioplasty, declotting or stenting
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters to prevent known bloods clots from traveling to the heart and lungs
- Kyphoplasty to stabilize vertebra after acute vertebral fractures
- Nephrostomy tubes to drain fluid off of kidneys (hydronephrosis)
- Nephroureteral stents to provide a pathway from the kidney to the bladder
- Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines for venous access
- Venogram mapping for possible fistula placement or cardiac bypass
Magnetic resonance imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field—instead of radiation—to produce images of the body's internal structures.
MRI can help physicians detect abnormalities that might be obscured by bone tissue with other imaging methods. Physicians also use MRI to evaluate the functionality and structure of the heart and its valves.
As part of our breast health services, we offer 3D mammography to detect breast abnormalities and cancer. While this technology is similar to a conventional mammogram, it is proven to be more accurate.
A 3D mammogram captures multiple images of the breast from several angles, creating a multi-layered breast image. The doctor can then review the breast tissue one thin layer at a time, which helps them make a more accurate diagnosis.
Nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive substances to pinpoint activity within the body on a molecular level.
This type of imaging allows physicians to measure biological processes in real time, which helps them detect abnormalities earlier than with other imaging methods.
Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to create videos of soft-tissue areas within the body. This imaging modality is also used to view and monitor the activity of unborn babies.
Ultrasounds can help diagnose an array of health conditions, including those affecting the cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal tract.
Our imaging locations and hours
For our patients' convenience, we offer imaging services at two locations—within our main hospital and at an outpatient imaging center on our hospital campus.
Hospital imaging services
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center offers inpatient and outpatient imaging services within the hospital, including:
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Digital X-ray
- Interventional radiology
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear medicine
Outpatient imaging services are available at the hospital from 7:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. If you have an appointment scheduled outside of these hours, please report to the emergency room (ER) for registration.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging
We also offer outpatient imaging at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging. Services offered at this location include:
- 3D digital mammography
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
Imaging appointments at this location are available Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 4:00pm. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging is located in the Medical Office Building.
The address is:
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging
1032 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 150
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547