WHAT IS COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY?
Computed Tomography (CT), also known as CT imaging and CAT scanning, is a type of X-ray providing detailed, cross-sectional (sliced) images of body tissue and organs using a rotating, tube-shaped machine.
CT imaging can be done on all body tissue (e.g., muscle, bone) without sacrificing clarity. A special X-ray dye (contrast) is sometimes used with a CT scan to increase viewing over a certain area (e.g., appendix).
With computed tomography our radiologists are able to quickly and accurately diagnose life threatening conditions such as cardiovascular disease, appendicitis and cancer.
CT SCANS EVALUATE:
- Abdomen and pelvis abnormalities
- Cardiac conditions
- Hearing loss
- Sinus problems
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Our team also uses CT scans to facilitate needle-biopsy procedures.
BEFORE YOUR CT SCAN
- Be sure to tell your health care provider if you have had a reaction to contrast material (“X-ray dye”). If you have had a reaction, you may need to prepare with medicine taken 12 hours before your scan.
- Be sure to mention the medicines you are currently taking. Ask if it’s okay to take them before the scan.
- Follow any directions you’re given for not eating or drinking before the scan. Depending on the type of exam, you may be required to drink a contrast solution before arriving for the study.
- Your provider or CMIA will provide the solution.
- The length of the procedure may vary, depending on your physical condition and your provider’s instruction.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam.
- When you arrive, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
- Remove all metal near the part of your body to be scanned; including jewelry, eyeglasses, and dentures. Women may need to remove a bra with metal underwire or clasps.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Highly detailed images are acquired within seconds to provide patients the most comfortable experience in CT procedures. In most cases the images and reports are electronically communicated to your referring provider within 24-48 business hours.