Imaging Without Ionizing Radiation

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About This Imaging Test

Computed tomography, also known as a CT or CAT scan, is a painless, non-invasive way to see inside the body using X-ray imaging. During a CT scan, multiple images are taken from different angles. A computer combines the images to create digital cross-sectional images, or slices, of soft tissue, organs, blood vessels and bone. The slices can often be combined to create 3-D pictures.

Computed tomography is often used to help identify and diagnose conditions such as cancer, infections, trauma and cardiovascular disease. A CT scan can be performed even if you have a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

Many Lee Health facilities offer 64-slice computed tomographic scans and some use low-dose CT scans — which result in lower doses of radiation exposure. However, all CT scans result in exposure to radiation, so it is important to let your care team know if you are pregnant to avoid potential risk to a developing child.

Learn more about our imaging locations featuring computed tomography, including our PET/CT hybrid scanner with faster scanning times and reduced radiation exposure.


How the Test is Performed

You will be asked to lie on a narrow table that slides into the center of the CT scanner.

Once you are inside the scanner, the machine's x-ray beam rotates around you. Modern spiral scanners can perform the exam without stopping.

A computer creates separate images of the body area, called slices. These images can be stored, viewed on a monitor, or printed on film. Three-dimensional models of the body area can be created by stacking the slices together.

You must stay still during the exam, because movement causes blurred images. You may be told to hold your breath for short periods of time.

Complete scans most often take only a few minutes. The newest scanners can image your entire body in less than 30 seconds.


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Hospitals/Medical Centers

Cape Coral Hospital
  • 636 Del Prado Blvd.
  • Cape Coral, FL 33990
Hours:
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
cape coral hospital
  • Phone: 239-424-2000
Gulf Coast Medical Center
  • 13681 Doctor's Way
  • Fort Myers, FL 33912
  • (Located at Daniels and Metro Parkway)
Hours:
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
gulf coast medical center
  • Phone: 239-343-1000
HealthPark Medical Center
  • 9981 S. HealthPark Drive
  • Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • (Located at Summerlin and Bass Road)
Hours:
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
HealthPark Medical Center
  • Phone: 239-343-5000
Lee Memorial Hospital
  • 2776 South Cleveland Ave.
  • Fort Myers, FL 33901
  • (Located on US 41 near downtown Fort Myers )
Hours:
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
lee memorial hospital
  • Phone: 239-343-2000

Specialty Centers

Imaging and Radiology - Outpatient MRI
  • 7331 College Parkway
  • Fort Myers, FL 33919
  • Imaging Available:
  • MRI
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8am - 3:30pm
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  • Phone: 239-343-3338

Outpatient Locations

Imaging and Radiology
  • Outpatient Center at Riverwalk *
  • 12600 Creekside Lane
  • Suite 1
  • Fort Myers, FL 33919
  • Imaging Available:
  • CT, MRI Open High Field, Ultrasound, X-Ray, Fluoroscopy
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm
Sat: 8am - 12:30pm

* An outpatient department of Lee Memorial Hospital

location riverwalk
  • Phone: 239-424-1499
  • Fax: 239-424-1439
Imaging and Radiology
  • Outpatient Center at The Sanctuary *
  • 8960 Colonial Center Drive
  • Fort Myers, FL 33905
  • Imaging Available:
  • All services digital, CT, Fluoroscopy, MRI, MRI/Arthrograms, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, X-Ray
Hours:
Mon - Fri : 7am - 6pm
location sanctuary
  • Phone: 239-424-1499
  • Fax: 239-424-1439
Outpatient Center at Surfside *
  • 2441 Surfside Blvd.
  • Suite 104
  • Cape Coral, FL 33914
Hours:
Hours of operation vary per service. Please call for hours.

* An outpatient department of Lee Memorial Hospital

Outpatient Radiology Center at Surfside
  • Phone: 239-424-1499
Imaging and Radiology
  • Outpatient Center at HealthPark Commons *
  • 16281 Bass Road
  • Suite 202
  • Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • Imaging Available:
  • CT, Dexa, EKG, Mammogram – Digital, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, X-Ray, Fluoroscopy
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm
Sat: 8am - 12pm
Outpatient Pediatric Center
  • Phone: 239-343-7247
  • Fax: 239-343-5197