A computed tomography (CT) scan is a diagnostic test that produces detailed images of inside the body from different angles. Your physician may order a CT scan to identify and diagnose a health problem or condition, such as cancer, blood system disease or an internal injury. A CT scan is helpful to look closely at areas of the body that are not easily seen by an X-ray. The test can also be used to guide a radiologist to the correct area during a biopsy.

The care and safety of patients is our primary concern. Our multislice CT scanners provide a customized radiation dose for each patient. The scanners have dose check software that alerts users if dose limits are exceeded prior to scanning. This allows us to produce the highest quality images with the lowest possible dose of radiation. The ultra-fast scanning capabilities shorten exams so less contrast and radiation are required.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Bring your prescription to your CT scan. Your exam may be delayed if you do not have a prescription or your doctor has not sent one to the hospital.

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You will be asked to remove any clothing that has metal or plastic buttons, zippers and snaps. You may be given a hospital gown to wear during the exam.
  • Continue to take all your prescribed medications before your exam (with water only) unless told otherwise.
  • If your physician ordered a scan with an iodinated contrast injection, do not eat for approximately three hours prior to the exam.
  • Let your physician know about any known allergy to iodine. If allergic to iodine, you will be given medication to take before the scan to counteract an allergic reaction you may have to the contrast.
  • Bring a list of all your current medications with you to the hospital.
  • If your scan is scheduled at the hospital, you must register at the Admitting/Registration office on the main (second) floor one hour before your exam time. If your scan is with the iodinated contrast material, you will be instructed to proceed to the Lab and then to the Radiology Department.

In rare cases, people have an allergic reaction to the iodinated contrast. They may experience mild itching or hives. A more severe reaction would result in extreme difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and swelling of the throat. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately tell the technologist so you can be promptly treated. Our CT department is well equipped to deal with any type of reaction.

Women should inform their physician or technologist if there is a chance that they are pregnant.

One of our board-certified radiologists will analyze the images and send a report to your primary care physician and the physician who ordered the exam. This detailed report will be sent to your physician’s office within 24 to 48 hours. The physician’s office will call you, or the results will be reviewed at your next appointment.

Our CT department is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology, which means all equipment and techniques used meet or exceed nationally accepted quality assurance and safety guidelines.