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Using High Definition CT for Early Diagnosis

The best way to preserve your health is to evaluate your risks as early as possible – so intervention can be provided before it’s too late.

One of the most effective tools available for the early diagnosis of a variety of diseases – including cancer and heart disease - is Computed Tomography, or CT. The Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is the first hospital in Florida to use the dual source Definition CT. This new, cutting technology far surpasses traditional CT scanners, providing doctors pictures of unprecedented clarity and detail.

What to Expect During Your CT Exam

The dual source Definition CT does not require any special preparations. During the scan you will lie on a comfortable couch as it slowly passes through an opening in the examination unit, commonly referred to as a “gantry”. All you have to do is follow the instructions given by the medical personnel in charge. You may, for example, be asked to briefly hold your breath or not to move.

During the exam, the system rotates an X-ray beam in a 360-degree arc, scanning the body part being examined. Painless and uncomplicated, this non-invasive procedure takes only about 15 to 30 seconds to perform.

Following the exam, a radiologist will analyze the detailed images produced and send a report to your family doctor, who will discuss them with you.

A Word About Allergies

Sometimes, depending on the body part being examined, a contrast agent is needed to provide the best possible images. If necessary, it will be administered immediately prior to the exam. And while most patients easily tolerate the agent, it does contain iodine, which can cause an allergic reaction. Talk to your doctor about possible allergies prior to your exam.

A Word About Radiation

One of the best benefits of this new state-of-the-art technology is that exposure to radiation is kept to a minimum with extremely fast examination times and a protocol of technical measures.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you are interested in undergoing a CT examination for early diagnosis, please contact your family physician. He will provide you with a recommendation based on your personal medical case history and answer any questions you may have about CT.

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