Imaging & Diagnostics
Southeastern Diagnostics offers a full spectrum of diagnostic services to our patients including:SIMED Health Imaging & Diagnostics Center
  • Full Service Laboratory
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound*
  • MRI
  • CT Scans*
  • Mammography Screening*
  • Bone Density Testing*
     *Available in Gainesville only

SIMED Health Imaging & Diagnostics CenterThe convenience of an on-site diagnostic department means that you can receive your diagnostic testing and be back to work or on your way home in no time. Our radiologists are able to return results back to your physicians in a timelier fashion meaning better healthcare for you. Our goal at Southeastern Diagnostics is to provide quick, convenient care for our patients and to provide the best diagnostic services for our practicing physicians.

If this is your first visit to Southeastern Diagnostics, welcome!

Some procedures and/or tests can be accomplished on a walk-in basis and others will need to be scheduled. Our SIMED staff will help to schedule your procedures and verify your insurance prior to your arrival. When your procedure is scheduled, please arrive 15 minutes before your test. This will give you time to change into a gown if necessary and/or ask any questions.

We realize that your time is valuable. We will strive to provide you with compassionate, professional care in a timely and efficient manner.

SIMED Welcomes Heather Carpenter, MD
August 13, 2014
Heather Carpenter, MD SIMED proudly welcomes Heather Carpenter, MD to SIMED Imaging & Diagnostics.  Dr. Carpenter is a Board Certified Radiologist specializing in musculoskeletal radiology.  Dr. Carpenter will be available beginning August 4, 2014.
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scans
  • Bone Density Scans (Dexa)
  • Ultrasounds

To schedule your Imaging study, please contact SIMED Imaging & Diagnostics at (352) 224-2475 in Gainesville or (352) 547-3170 in Ocala.

What do those lab results mean?
August 11, 2014
Have you received a copy of your SIMED Imaging & Diagnostics lab results and you notice a column containing numbers to the right hand side of your results? Have you wondered what these numbers are? Or what they mean?
These numbers are the reference ranges for each of the tests that were ordered. Reference ranges are the values
established for a group of healthy people who fall within a certain category. Depending on the test, there are separate reference ranges for adults and children, for men and women, even for pregnant women versus non-pregnant women.SIMED Imaging & Diagnostics
Now, are these "normal" values? Well, not exactly. Although they are an average of results from healthy people, there can be variations within a normal population. For instance, folks who exercise strenuously, such as weight lifters or long distance runners, may have elevated creatinine kinase enzyme levels.

Individuals with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a genetic condition, often have elevated bilirubin levels. These may be normal results for these patients. Some medications and supplements may affect your lab results, which would then be normal for you.

That is why it is important to review your lab results with your doctor. The reference ranges are guides, and your doctor, who understands your unique health and lifestyle situation, is best qualified to interpret these results. Bear in mind, though, that it is important that you follow any instructions you receive regarding preparation for your lab testing. Fasting, avoiding certain foods and exercise may impact your test values. You will want to follow directions to assure that you get the results most reflective of your true physiology. Use your doctor's advice as reference!

- Shelia-Faith Barry, MT (ASCP)
SIMED Celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 26, 2014
April 22, 2014
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual celebration of the laboratory professionals who play a vital roleSIMED Celebrates National Lab Week in every aspect of health care.  Since they often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical testing they perform every day.
The theme for Medical Laboratory Week, “Laboratory Professionals Get Results”, demonstrates the close ties between correct diagnoses in the laboratories and the best outcomes for patients. Lab Week is a time to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the U.S. every year.  Of that number, SIMED laboratory performed over 600,000 tests.
When we talk about medical laboratory professionals, we include all of the individuals who participate in the laboratory testing process at all the locations within SIMED.  This applies to the medical assistants, clinical assistants & phlebotomists who order, collect & process laboratory specimens.  It also includes the laboratory technicians, technologists, cytologists, histologists, and pathologists who test, interpret, and issue patient reports. These are the people we recognize during Medical Laboratory Week.
So take a minute during Medical Laboratory Week to pat these professionals on the back for doing a good job, not just for the week, but all year long.
So, to all my fellow laboratory professionals, I wish you all a “Happy Medical Laboratory Week”.

Jack Hayes, MHM, M.T.(ASCP)
Laboratory Manager

Vitamin D
May 14, 2013

Do you remember cod liver oil? That dreaded brown bottle that your Grandma wielded as a cure for what ailed ya? Well, cod liver oil first became popular during the early 19th century as a treatment for rickets, a skeletal condition caused by vitamin D deficiency.

Today, vitamin D deficiency is considered the culprit in more than rickets. Vitamin D deficiency is often caused by insufficient exposure to sunlight and nutritional deficiency, but can also be found in gastrointestinal conditions. A shortage of this vital nutrient has also been tied to cardiac health, certain cancers and some immune diseases.

The awareness of the importance of Vitamin D has increased just as newer laboratory technologies are making the test more accessible.

There are two forms of vitamin D that can be measured in the blood, D-25OH and D-1, 25-OH . D-25OH is the more common test ordered, and this is the test used to assess and monitor vitamin D status. Testing is performed from a single blood sample.

Your vitamin D level is an important piece of medical information, and if pertinent, your doctor can discuss treatment of low levels with you. Rest assured, though, that the bottle of cod liver oil can stay in Grandma’s cupboard!

Who We Are

Heather Carpenter, MD

Medical School
University of South Florida

University of South Florida

Tulane University

Tulane University

Board Certification
Board Certified in Radiology

Directions/Contact Info
Gainesville Location
4343 Newberry Road
Suite 5
Gainesville, FL 32607
Main Office: (352) 224-2475
Fax: (352) 224-2476
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 5:00pm
From I-75
Take Newberry Road EAST approximately 2 miles to SW 44th Street / NW 43rd Street. At the intersection (light) make a right onto 43rd Road. You will see Renaissance Bank on the corner. Follow the road as it curves left behind the bank into our parking lot. We are located in the SIMED medical building which faces Newberry Road.

Suite 5 is located on the first floor of the East Building. Enter through the atrium (main entrance) and take the elevator to the first floor. We are the first suite on the right... just follow the signs!

Ocala Location
3304 SW 34 Circle
Suite 104
Ocala, FL 34474
Main Office: (352) 547-3170
Fax: (352) 547-2360
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
From I-75
Take SR 200/College Road Exit and head left going EAST. Turn right at the light at SW 32 Avenue (Paddock Mall light). Turn left onto SW 34 Circle. 3304 SW 34 Circle is on the right. Follow the signs to Suite 104.


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