Services : CT (Computed Tomography)
A computerized tomography (CT) scanner is a large, doughnut shaped machine which uses X-rays
that pass through the body to create computerized images of the bones, blood vessels and internal
organs. As your body passes through the doughnut shaped hole, X-rays are projected to make a
cross section image of the body. These images enable the physician to more accurately see the
internal organs and soft tissue. The images can be reconstructed into a three dimensional
picture. CT provides much more detail than a standard X-ray.
What are the risks?
Radiation in CT exams is minimal due to modern technology and the brief duration of the exam.
However, X-rays can harm a developing fetus. Please be sure to inform your physician or the
technologist if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant before having a CT exam.
How should I prepare for the exam?
You may be asked to drink only clear liquids and abstain from solid foods prior to your exam.
You should tell your physician if you are pregnant, have asthma, are taking medication,
or are allergic to any foods; especially shellfish. It is best to wear comfortable clothes
such as sweats if possible. You will be asked to remove eye-glasses, watch, jewelry, dentures
or partial plates, hearing aids, hairclips, and any other metallic objects you are carrying.
How long will the exam take?
The length of the exam depends on the type of CT exam your doctor has ordered. Most exams are
completed within 5-30 minutes.
How do I get my exam results?
After your exam, the radiologist will review your images and a report will be sent directly to
your doctor. Reports are available within 24 hours. Your doctor will discuss the results of
the exam with you.