Computerized Tomography (CT) Procedures

The Radiology department at Sarasota Memorial has four CT machines located at three different sites for convenience and accessibility. All of our CT scanners are state of the art high-speed spiral scanners. Our staff is top notch with each site having technologists with over 20 years of experience in Radiology.

What is a CT scan?
A Computerized Tomography (CT) scan is a special x-ray that takes pictures of the inside of your body. A narrow x-ray beam moves around a section of your body. A picture is taken quickly and fed into a computer. The images it produces are "cross-sectional"-patterned much like slices of bread. A series of these pictures is made to focus on the body part(s) your doctor needs to see.

What can I expect during my CT scan?
Depending on the type of exam and the reason for the exam, you may be asked to drink an oral contrast agent. The exam may also require an x-ray contrast material to be injected into your blood stream through a vein in your arm. The technologist will inform you of the specifics of your exam prior to commencing. All of the exams will require you to lie down on a cushioned table where you will remain for the duration of the procedure. The technologist will be in constant contact with you and may give you breathing instructions. The procedure will usually take between 10 and 30 minutes.

What's New . . . The Radiology Department at Sarasota Memorial has taken another leap forward in meeting the needs of our patients. We have recently installed a new CT machine called the Sensation 16 from Siemens Medical. This new scanner delivers fast results. Standard CT procedures can now be performed up to 8 times faster. A complete CT lung scan can be completed in one breath hold of about 6 seconds. The Sensation 16 is also extremely economical in terms of radiation dose. The ultra fast technology saves up to 30% on dose compared to other CT Scanners.

New Frontiers in Imaging

Anatomy, such as the heart and lung, can now be imaged virtually motion-free. A complete high-resolution lung study can be acquired in a fraction of one breath hold thus improving imaging results even with uncooperative patients. With its .42-second cardiac scanning mode, Sensation 16 provides state-of-the-art clinical studies such as synchronized acquisition of the heart, coronary arteries and vascular systems with 3D Visualization.

Cardiac Calcium Scoring to help assess the risk of coronary artery disease by calculating the amount of calcium in the patient showed on their CT images. The results are given in a "Agaston Score"

Cardiac CTA (CT Angiography) of the coronary vessels CT images of the vessels of the heart

CTA Thorax scans to determine if there are pulmonary emboli (blood clots) in the lungs

Perfusion CT Evolution of Acute Stroke. This study is to evulite IV Contrast perfusing through the brain, letting the Doctor view function and map infarcts and ischemic regions

Pediatric Protocols: the x-ray exposure is adapted to the Childs weight and age. This substantially reduces the patient's radiation dose. With our fast scanning capability we have decreased the number of scans needed to be repeated due to a child moving. There is also less need to sedate the child for such a quick CT Scan.

The CT Deptment at Sarasota Memorial Hospital is available and staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to meet the needs of our Patients.

The benefits of our faster CT scanning include: Faster scan times for trauma, ICU, pediatric, geriatric, and claustrophobic patients, and reduction of radiation dose.

The CT Scanners are at the following locations:

Sarasota Memorial Hospital
1700 S. Tamiami Tr
Sarasota, FL 34239-3555
For information, please call: (941) 917-8600

University Parkway
5350 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
For information, please call: (941) 917-4777

For CT scheduling at both locations, please call: (941) 917-7322

* Please be aware that when you receive radiology services, you are billed for services rendered in part by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Radiology Services for the actual imaging, as well as SMH Radiology Associates for the interpretation of the images. If you have any questions or concerns about your bill, please feel free to call SMH Radiology Associates Billing Office toll free at 1-866-237-2465 or Sarasota Memorial Patient Financial Services at (941) 917-1540 for questions concerning your bills.

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