CT Scans

An important detection tool highlighting cross-section images of the body.

What is a CT Scan?

Computed Tomography, a procedure used for many years, combines an advanced form of x-ray technology with computer imaging to produce a highly accurate internal picture of the head or a part of the body. Able to distinguish among soft tissue, bone, fat, gas or fluid, a CT scan is, for many conditions, a much more reliable diagnostic tool than a conventional X-ray. It will detect, to a high level of detail, the presence of stroke, tumors, blood clots, enlarged ventricles, and other disorders within the head. Within the body, it can detect enlarged lymph nodes, pancreatic disorders, possibly cancerous growths, herniated discs, and many other disorders that previously were diagnosed only through invasive exploratory surgery.

Our New State of the Art 64 Slice CT Scanner is at the cutting edge of new technology. Our new CT system's unmatched technology platform offers a wide range of routine and advanced procedures including cardiovascular, oncology, pulmonary, neurology, stroke assessment, and orthopedics.

How does computed tomography work?

Your CT technologist will position you on a table that slides into a tube-like scanning machine. Depending on the type of scan you will have, you may be given oral or intravenous contrast.

As you lie as still as possible, small amount of X-rays will be focused in a narrow beam to a small section of the area being observed. This step will be repeated many times as the x-ray tube rotates around your head or body. You will hear a low motor sound as the machine operates. Using the thousands of readings picked up by the scanner’s detectors, a computer will show a composite image on a video screen.

How long will it take?

With the application of our new 64 Slice CT Scanner, you will find the procedure to be quick and comfortable. A scan of the brain will take only a few seconds, while a scan of the body will take, at most, just a few minutes. When a contrast medium is needed, we us a non-ionic substance (proven to be a safer and more comfortable contrast agent for patients). Your radiologist will provide your ordering physician with an evaluation and interpretation of the computed images.

How should you prepare?

You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for 4 hours before your appointment time. You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your CT exam. Metal objects can affect the image, so avoid clothing with zippers and snaps. You may also be asked to remove hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids and any removable dental work, depending on the part of the body that is being scanned. If you are having a CT with oral and IV contrast you will be advised to pick-up a bottle of oral contrast from our office. You will need to fast 4 hours prior to the exam. You are to drink this oral contrast 90 minutes prior to your appointment time. If you like you may refrigerate the oral contrast before consumption.

You will be asked the following questions when scheduling an appointment: If you answer yes to any of them, you will be advised that you need to be pre-medicated prior to this contrast examination. The pre-medication instructions will be faxed to your referring physician.

If you answer yes to this question, you will be asked if you are insulin dependant, or take any form of metformin:
glucophage, glucovance, glyburide, glipizide, advandamet.

You will then be given instructions specific for a diabetic patient

A recent Bun/Creatinine blood test is required for diabetic patients, or patients over 65 years of age.