|A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to produce detailed pictures of structures inside the body. A CT scan is also called a computed axial tomography (CAT) scan. A CT scanner directs a series of X-ray pulses through the body. Each X-ray pulse lasts only a fraction of a second and represents a “slice” of the organ or area being studied. The slices or pictures are recorded on a computer and can be saved for further study.
Our new advanced multi-slice CT unit completes a 3D scan of any area of the body with one breath. Capable of generating multiple slices with each half-second gantry revolution, the extremely fast, high-resolution system provides improved image quality and diagnostic capabilities.
You should have nothing to eat or drink four hours prior to your exam if you are having IV contrast. To receive the contrast injection, an IV is inserted into your arm just prior to the scan. If you are at least 50 years of age and will be receiving an intravenous contrast agent you will need to have completed recent blood work prior to exam.
Prior to most CT exams of the abdomen and pelvis, it is important to drink an oral contrast agent. You will be asked to drink approximately a quart of the liquid spread out over a two hour period. You may choose to stop by the center the day prior to your exam to pick up the oral contrast agent so you can begin drinking it at home two hours prior to your appointment. If you prefer not to make the extra trip, you can simply arrive at the center two hours prior to your scheduled exam time.
· Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.
On the day of your visit:
· Please bring a photo ID, your insurance information and the prescription from your physician to your appointment.
· Wear comfortable clothing.
· You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are having a contrast injection or are advised differently. Some tests will require fasting; our staff will advise you if this is necessary.
· Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.