What is CT Scanning?

Computed tomography (CT) is a technique for producing cross-sectional images of the body in which x-rays are passed through the body at different angles and analyzed by a computer; also called CT scanning or CAT scanning.

Questions You Will Be Asked

  • Do you have allergies?
  • Do you take medications for diabetes?
  • Do you have kidney problems?
  • Are you, or do you think you might be, pregnant?

Before Your Scan
You may need to make some changes in your diet to prepare for your scan. Follow all instructions carefully. Your scan may need to be cancelled if you don't. A CT scan takes from 1 to 2 hours to complete. This includes time to check in and complete some paper work.

During Your Scan
You may be asked to wear a hospital gown. You may also be given contrast through an intravenous (IV) line or by injection. The contrast may make you feel warm or give you a strange taste in your mouth. This will pass quickly. You will lie on a platform (bed) that slides into a doughnut hole shaped CT Scanner. The technologist will ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds during your scan. relax and remain as still as you can, and know that a CT scan is painless.

After Your Scan
You can get back to your normal diet and activities right after the scan is complete. Any contrast you were given will pass naturally through your body within a day. Your doctor will let you know when the results are in.

General CT Scans Performed

  • Cardiac CT (Coronary Arteries)
  • Cardiac Calcium Scoring
  • Cardiac Circulation
  • Thorax CT
  • Abdomen CT
  • Aorta (Ascending & Descending)
  • Renal Artery CT
  • Head CT
  • Cerebral Artery CT
  • Neck CT
  • Cartoid Artery CT
  • Lower Extremity CT
  • Upper Extremity CT
  • Pelvis CT
  • Spine CT (Thoracic, Limber, Cervical)
*All Scans can be performed with contrast, without contrast, and with & without contrast.