RadiologyWhen Wilhelm Roentgen discovered the X-ray in 1895, he set into motion a series of technological advances that have given doctors an unprecedented ability to the body's inner structures, tissues and organs without the need for surgery.

Radiology uses X-rays, radioactive tracers and ultrasonic waves to help physicians detect, diagnose and guide the treatment of many diseases and injuries. The dynamic images that radiology can now provide are essential to both physicians and patients, thanks to their realistic depiction of the anatomy, functions and abnormalities within the body. Radiologists can interpret imaging studies, act as consultants to other specialist physicians and perform interventional procedures.

The Outpatient Imaging Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital is connected to the hospital building and provides advanced diagnostic and imaging on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Among the radiological procedures available at the hospital are:


An X-ray image is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body to create an image on sensitive digital plates on the other side of the body. The ability of X-rays to penetrate tissues and bones depends on the tissue's composition and mass, and the difference between these two elements creates the image. Contrast agents, such as barium, may be swallowed to outline the esophagus, stomach and intestines to help provide better images of an organ.


Computed tomography, also known as a CT or CAT scan, generates detailed images of an organ by using an X-ray beam to take images of many thin slices of that organ and joining them together to produce a single image. The source of the X-ray beam circles around the patient and the X-rays that pass through the body are detected by an array of sensors. Information from the sensors is computer processed and displayed as an image on a video screen. The CT scanners at Manatee Memorial have earned accreditation from the American College of Radiology.


CTA uses a CT scanner to noninvasively produce images of vessels. Iodine is a contrast material that may be injected into a vein using a small intravenous needle, creating no need for an invasive catheter placement. This type of exam is has been used for arterial diseases such as aortic dissection, carotid stenosis, aneurysms and vascular disease of the kidney.


Magnetic resonance imaging uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to create clear, detailed images of internal organs and tissues. Since X-rays are not used, no radiation exposure is involved. Instead, radio waves are directed at the body's protons within the magnetic field. This exam takes 30-50 minutes on average and consists of several imaging series. Most studies will require a small intravenous injection of a contrast agent that usually contains the metal Gadolinium. MRI contrast does not contain iodine, an element used in other contrast agents for X-rays or CT scans, so it may be safer for patients who are sensitive to iodine.


High frequency sound waves are used to see inside the body. A transducer — a device that acts like a microphone and speaker — is placed in contact with the body using a special gel that helps transmit the sound. As the sound waves pass through the body, echoes are produced and bounce back to the transducer. By reading the echoes, the ultrasound can produce images that illustrate the location of a structure or abnormality, as well as provide information about its composition. Ultrasound is a painless way to examine the heart, liver, pancreas, spleen, blood vessels, breast, kidney or gallbladder, and is a crucial tool for obstetrics.


A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break, and makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact. Osteoporosis is a silent disease. People may not know that they have osteoporosis until a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes a bone to break. Bone density tests are usually done on bones that are most likely to break because of osteoporosis.

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Hospital Accreditations

Manatee Memorial Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest organization of radiologists in the nation, in several imaging categories.

  • Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computed Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Mammography
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
  • Ultrasound

Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™
Manatee Memorial has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care.

Lung Cancer Screening Center
Manatee Memorial has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

General Radiology Improvement Database™
Manatee Memorial is a participant in the ACR's General Radiology Improvement Database (GRID). GRID collects process and outcome measures for the general practice of radiology and compares the results to similar facilities to help facilities establish benchmarks for quality improvement.

Dose Index Registry
Manatee Memorial participates in the Dose Index Registry (DIR), a data registry that allows facilities to compare their CT dose indices to regional and national valves. Information related to dose indices for all CT exams is collected, anonymized and transmitted to the American College of Radiology and stored in a database. Institutions are then provided with periodic feedback reports comparing their results to body part and exam type to aggregate results.

Visit Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center for your annual mammogram.
Manatee Memorial Hospital uses the advanced technology of nuclear medicine imaging to obtain detailed images of the body and help identify disorders and disease.
The Imaging Services department at Manateee Memorial Hospital uses X-rays, radioactive tracers and ultrasonic waves to detect, diagnose and guide treatment of numerous diseases and injuries.
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Location and

The Outpatient Imaging Center
250 Second St. E.
(Next to Manatee Memorial Hospital)

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

To schedule an appointment call 941-745-7391.

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Diagnostic Imaging
Center of Excellence™

Manatee Memorial Hospital has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Read about the designation >

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ACR CT Seal ACR Nuclear Medicine
ACR Breast MRI Certification  Dose Index Registry
ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center  
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