CT Scan

Computed tomography (CT) is a fast, noninvasive imaging test which uses a rotating x-ray source (ionizing radiation) to create high resolution images of your internal organ. The CT scanner is a large, donut-shaped machine that allows us to characterize potential disease processes. CT can be used to evaluate numerous conditions, including chest pain, bone pain, back pain, headache, neurologic symptoms, abdominal pain, abnormal laboratory tests, vascular abnormalities, sinus disease, and various tumors/masses.  We also use CT in lung cancer screening and coronary calcium scoring.

*Our current CT Scanner utilizes General Electrics’ ASIT Technology which reduces radiation exposure up to 40%.

Sometimes, an IV will be placed to administer intravenous contrast material to help better define a specific structure or disease process. Patients with renal failure cannot receive IV contrast, so please alert the CT technologist if you have any history of kidney disease (kidney failure, kidney surgery, kidney cancer, single kidney).  Patients with diabetes and high blood pressure may be at risk for kidney disease. Also please alert the technologist if you believe you are allergic to IV contrast (iodine).   Because CT uses radiation, in most cases an alternative test is used in pregnant women. Please alert the technologist if there is a chance you may be pregnant.

During your CT exam, you will be asked to lie on a padded table that glides into the scanner; the scanner is open on both ends. You may communicate with the technologist at any time during your procedure with our intercom system. If you receive IV contrast, you may feel warm/flushed, and you may experience a metallic taste. These findings are normal. If you feel itching, facial swelling, or have difficulty breathing, alert the technologist immediately as these symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction.

*The most important thing a patient can do during an CT exam is remain as still as possible!*

Most CT exams last 5 to 10 minutes. The CT technologist will tell you in advance how long your exam is expected to last. Alert the technologist if you have any questions or feel anything unusual. After the exam, there are no restrictions on your activity. If you receive IV contrast, it is important to stay hydrated. Once the images have been obtained, they will be sent electronically to the radiologist, who will interpret the exam and generate a report for your doctor. You should follow up with your healthcare provider as directed to receive the results of your CT.

We try in every way to make your imaging exam pleasant! As always, please let us know what we can do to improve your experience.

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