Cat Scans, or CT Scans, use an enhanced form of X-Ray technology. When paired with the proper computer software, it can produce highly detailed 3D images that are extremely helpful in the diagnosis process.
Why Choose Us?
- State-of-the-Art CT Scanning equipment
- Fast reporting to your referring Physician
- Accredited and sub-specialized Radiologists on site
- Highly-trained technologists
- Comfortable, private, and professional exam environment
What to Expect
A CT scan is a relatively painless and non-invasive way to take images of various parts of the body. The CT equipment uses X-ray technology and is one of the fastest and most accurate ways to produce images.
- Upon arrival, you will be asked to fill out the required paperwork.
- One of our friendly Technologists will show you to our dressing room and give you time to change into a gown, if necessary.
- Lockers are provided in the dressing room to secure your personal items.
- The Technologist will then escort you into our CT suite where they will ask you to lie down on a cushioned exam table.
- Once you are positioned correctly, the exam table will slide you through the opening of the CT scanner. Only the body part needing the scan will need to enter the tube.
- If you are a parent of a child receiving the exam, you may be able to stay with your child but will be asked to where a protective lead apron.
- You will need to stay still during the exam and the Technologist may ask you to hold your breath in order to get a clearer image.
- If the referring Physician ordered a scan with contrast (a dye which makes blood vessels and organs show up more clearly), it is normally administered into the arm or the back of the hand by a qualified member of staff.
- Once your exam is completed, you can resume normal activity.
- Your CT images are looked at by our Radiologist, and a report will then be issued to your referring Physician.
What are CT Scans used for?
CT Scans are used to view internal organs, as well as bones because it provides the Physician with a cross-sectional view of the areas scanned. Therefore, there are many uses including but not limited to the following.
- Diagnosing the type of cancer
- Measuring the tumor size and the rate of growth or shrinkage
- Location of the cancer
- Relation of the cancer to other organs
- Complications due to pneumonia
- Determining the cause of chest and abdominal pain
- Diagnosis of vascular disease (pulmonary embolism, stroke)
- Spinal problems
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Injuries to hands and feet (small bone fractures can be detected)