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The Institute for Advanced Medicine

Advancing the quality of care in our community.

Dual Source Somatom Definition CT

A new breakthrough in computed tomography (CT) using two xrays is enabling physicians to obtain clearer images of the beating heart.  Sarasota
Memorial Health Care System is the first facility in Florida to offer the Definition dual source CT from Siemens Medical, which produces images with twice the speed and twice the resolution  - without the need for beta blockers.

Faster Than Every Beating Heart

The dual source CT enables physicians at Sarasota Memorial Health Care system to examine patients with elevated or irregular heart rates without having to administer beta blocker medication to reduce the heart rate before it can be seen clearly, since the motion of the beating heart can cause blurred images. This means reduced patient preparations time as medication that typically takes more than 1 hour to take effect.

Also, patients who were not previously eligible for CT exams because of existing conditions that preclude the use of beta blockers, such as patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or other conditions that affect breathing can now take advantage of the most advanced ct scanner in the world at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine.

Expanded Capabilities of the Dual-Source CT

The dual source is the most advanced CT technology available and provides anatomical detail not previously available on CT, giving us more information to make diagnoses and treatment decisions without invasive procedures.  The speed of the system and reduction in patient preparation time enable us to examine patients more efficiently and conveniently. 

CT physicians can also perform simultaneous exams which allows them to obtain diverse information about the anatomy in a single scan to enable more accurate diagnoses. While the CT uses two xray sources and offers twice the imaging power, it subjects patients to as much as 50% less radiation exposure than most CT systems. 

The Definition CT has enhanced capabilities not previously available from any type of diagnostic imaging technology, which are expected to lead to new breakthroughs in clinical research.

Quality Care Begins with a Quality Diagnosis

The next time you need a CT scan, ask your doctor about Sarasota Memorial's new dual source Somatom Definition CT - at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine.

The fastest, safest, most advanced
CT scanner in the world.
Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine: 941-917-5111
5880 Rand Boulevard  Sarasota, FL  34238
The information in this document contains general descriptions of the technical options available, which do not always have to be present in individual cases.  Siemens AG Medical Solutions

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