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Types: CT | CTA | PET/CT

CT Scan
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-ray technology to take multiple cross-sectional views of the inside of the body. A computer system then assembles the images into a 3-D view.  A CT scan can take clearer pictures of organs, bone, soft tissue, blood vessels, and areas of the body not seen on regular X-rays, sometimes with the assistance of contrast material. As a result, it can be more accurate than other imaging studies in diagnosing certain problems.

Some of the primary uses for CT scanning include:

  • Studying the chest and abdomen
  • Diagnosing cancer
  • Determining the size and location of a tumor
  • Diagnosing and treating skeletal problems
  • Diagnosing and treating vascular diseases
  • Planning radiation treatments for cancer
  • Planning surgery
  • Measuring bone mineral density and diagnosing osteoporosis
  • Identifying injuries to internal organs

**A CT scan is not recommended if you are pregnant.

Preparing for a CT scan

  • Please arrive on time and plan to be at the facility for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Wear warm comfortable clothing.
  • Please bring your insurance information and written order from your physician

The following tests do not require any further preparation:

    • Extremeties
    • Sinus
    • Spine
    • Kidney Stones

For Abdomen and Pelvis, Chest and Abdomen, or Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis studies:

    • No solid food for at least 4 hours prior to test
    • Pick up “Readi-CAT 2” prep at either of our locations
      • Drink half of the “Readi-CAT 2” bottle slowly, 3 hours before exam
      • Drink second half of  “Readi-CAT 2” bottle slowly, 1 hour before exam

For Chest-Only, Head With and Without Contrast, Urology, or Neck studies:

      No solid food for at least 4 hours prior to test
      • Drink 16 ounces of water one hour prior to exam. Patient may void.

       

 

 

 

 
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