What Is A CT/CAT Scan?
CT scan, formally known as CAT scan, is a painless imaging test to aid in patient diagnosis and is performed in a machine which closely resembles a doughnut. It utilizes x-ray technology and computer enhancement to obtain cross sectional (Slices) images of the human body and its anatomy. The computer enhancement can provide our radiologist with multi planar images and 3D images to view.
Expect to be greeted by one of our friendly imaging department staff members prior to your examination. We will go over any sort of history pertinent to your examination as well as invite you to ask question in regards to the exam.
If your doctor ordered a CT scan with the use of contrast or x-ray dye you may have preparation prior to coming to our facility. The preparation may be fasting prior to the exam as well as consuming an oral contrast a few hours prior to the scan. Lab blood work may be needed prior, depending on the type of scan. Intravenous (IV) contrast may be used during the scan which enhances image quality of any vascular structure within the body.
The scan can range anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes in length which can become uncomfortable when lying still. During the scan the technologist may give specific breathing instructions used to improve the quality of the scan.
After the examination is completed the technologist may give you post exam instructions prior to leaving our facility. The completed study will be read by our radiologist and results will be provided to your ordering physician shortly following.
CT Scan Services Include:
- The Body: Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis
- The Spine: Cervical, Thoracic and Lumba
- Head and Neck
- The Extremeties: Arms and Legs