A CT scan, also known as a CAT scan, is a noninvasive medical test that can help your medical provider diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions. It works by using x-rays and computers to create detailed images of your body’s internal structures.
A CT scanner can be helpful to examine almost any part of your body, but some of the most common conditions evaluated include injuries (trauma), cardiovascular disease, cancers, infectious diseases, and sources of pain.
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Upon arrival, you may be asked to change from your regular clothes into a gown that has no metal zippers or snaps. A locker will be provided for your clothes.
If your medical provider has ordered an exam with intravenous contrast, an IV (intravenous) line will be placed in your arm. If an abdomen and/or pelvis CT has been ordered, you also may have to drink oral contrast material depending on the clinical indiction. Oral and intravenous contrast can be extremely helpful (and sometimes mandatory) to appropriately diagnose or exclude certain medical conditions. At Radiology Associates Imaging, we review all orders to ensure that you receive contrast agents only when necessary.
During your CT examination, you will lie on a table that will slide through an open circular or “donut”-shaped structure. For many exams, you will be asked to hold your breath during image acquisition. Once acquired, the image data will be reconstructed by the computers and the final exam will be reviewed by one of our Radiology Physicians. A detailed report will be sent to your health care provider.
If you have any prior imaging studies at another facility, please bring them with you at the time of your appointment. Having prior imaging studies can many times be essential to making the correct diagnosis and prevent further work-up of findings.
Prior to arriving at our facility, you will receive specific instructions from one of our employees if any fasting or other prep is needed. Some studies, like a non-contrast head or chest CT require no prep or fasting while other studies obtained with contrast or of the abdomen may need you to be fasting. If you have a question, please call the imaging center.
Prior to examination, please inform our technologist if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Depending on the clinical indication, we may need to alter your examination.
Please inform the scheduler (prior to arrival) or the technologist (at time of examination) if you have had any prior reactions to iodinated contrast material. Depending on the prior reaction, a steroid prep or an alternative examination may be recommended. Please note that an “allergy” to shellfish is not a contraindication to receiving IV contrast material.
CT scans have dramatically changed the way healthcare is practiced since its introduction in the 1970’s. They are now an indispensible part of healthcare and affect nearly all subspecialty areas. Some of the more common benefits include: preventing unnecessary surgery, preventing the need to be admitted to the hospital, reducing length of hospitalizations, and improving cancer diagnosis and treatment. Making sure that you receive surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy only when absolutely necessary are some of the many benefits of CT scans.
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