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Computed Tomography CT

Computed Tomography (CT) is an imaging exam that outputs cross-sectional computerized images images. CT is most often used to evaluate problems in the sinuses, chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

 

During the exam, you usually lie flat on your back, side or stomach depending on the exam. The table moves quickly through the scanner, determining correct position. Then the table will move slowing through the machine during the actual exam. Depending on the exam, you may be asked to hold your breath. When completed, you will be asked to wait while your technologist reviews the images for quality.

 

After the exam, your images will be reviewed by the radiologist, who will create a report that is sent to your physician. Your reported results will be given to you by the physician who ordered your exam. In the event, there is any type of abnormality that needs immediate attention, the staff will contact your physician directly to bring thus matter to their immediate attention. 

 

Additionally information about CT exams in general or a specific exam can be accessed at www.RadiologyInfo.org.

Specific Exam Preparations
  • Abdomen or Abdomen & Pelvis

    • Do not eat after midnight the night before the exam. If
      ou have a late day exam, nothing to eat 6 hours prior
      to the exam.

    • Water is ok.

  • Virtual Colonoscopy

    • Follow prep (Heart meidcation with small amount of water)

  • Myelogram or Joint Injection

    • Light food

    • No blood thinning medication 5 days prior
      (ex. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Excedrin)

  • Urogram

    • Drink 32 oz. of water 20-30 minutes prior to exam

  • All Other CT Exams

    • May eat a normal diet

‚ÄčExam Preparations for All CT Exams

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow for registration and exam preparation.

  • Notify us at the time of scheduling and at the time of arrival of any allergies or special needs.

  • Bring your insurance card, photo ID and physicians order to your appointment time. If worker's compensation, please bring your adjuster's information and your authorization.

  • Wear comfortable clothing. 

  • To ensure the highest quality procedure in a safe environment, we are UNABLE to provide child care services for you during your exam. Please do not bring unattended children to the imaging centers.

  • Hydrate the day before and day of your exam unless specifically directed otherwise. Take all prescribed medications with a small sip of water unless directed otherwise.