Types: CT | CTA | PET/CT
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:
- 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.