What is a CT Scan?
CT stands for Computed Tomography and is a painless examination that produces a series of computerized images of your anatomy that are useful in detecting many medical conditions that may not appear on traditional X-rays.
The donut shaped CT scanner houses an X-ray tube that moves rapidly around a specific anatomical area sending signals to a computer. The computer reconstructs these signals to form a complete image of your internal anatomy. During your CT exam, you will be asked to lie very still on a padded table. The images are then sent to our digital imaging system for the radiologist to quickly interpret and send results to your physician.
Preparing for a CT Scan
If your CT exam requires the use of an intravenous contrast agent, your technologist may start an IV and you may be given an oral contrast agent to drink prior to coming for your appointment. These contrast agents are visible to the computer and allow greatly enhanced CT images. If your study requires oral contrast, you will be instructed to pick up contrast prior to the exam. Instructions will be provided. Continue taking your daily medications prior to your exam. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a contrast agent, have multiple allergies, or suffer from asthma, it is very important that you notify the technologists when you arrive for your appointment.
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