Computer Tomography (CT) uses special x-ray equipment to obtain image date of the body. A computer processes the information to show a cross-section of structures of the body: organs, muscles, bone and blood vessels. The innovative design of current CT scanners 64-Slice CT provides optimal patient comfort while providing outstanding diagnostic information. Features of such scanners include; true-to-detail three dimensional image of the inside of the heart, blood vessels, bones and other parts of the body; lower and isolated radiation doses; quicker overall exams; accurate diagnoses of head, spine, organ and tissue disorders; and the ability to accommodate patients up to 440 lbs.
The CT technologist will explain and perform your scan. The technologist will operate the CT scanner from a separate control room but remain in contact with you using a two-way intercom while watching you through an observation window. You will lay on a table connected to the CT scanner. The part of your body being scanned will be positioned in the middle of the large, doughnut-shaped scanner.
During the CT scan, a beam of x-rays circles around the body collecting a 360-degree view of the area being examined. This information is fed into a computer system that produces a two and three dimensional cross sectional “slice” of a portion of the body.
Some CT scans require the use of an iodine contrast material. This material is used to highlight certain body tissues and structures. Patients over 50 years of age or with a history of kidney disease may need BUN and Creatinine labs drawn to ensure sufficient kidney function.
The LRG board certified radiologist will study the images and provide a written report which includes a description of the findings. Reports are available to your physicians within 24 hours of the completion of the exam. The report could take longer if we are waiting for studies from an outside facility for comparison. If the results are urgent your physician may acquire a preliminary report by phone.