CT Scan

Computed Tomography (CT), formerly known as a CAT scan, is a radiology technique using x-ray and computer equipment to produce cross-sectional images of body structures, tissues, and organs. CT imaging provides the unique ability to visualize soft tissue, bones, muscles, internal organs, and blood vessels.

Depending on your physician’s order, you may be qualified for a CT under anesthesia due to anxiety or other clinical reasons. To get more information about CT under anesthesia, click here or contact our office.

What to expect?

  • Preparation for your CT will depend on the type of exam. Before your CT scan, please contact us so we can provide specific instructions and review your health and insurance information.
  • Most exams require no preparation, except for the following:
    • CT Abdomen/Pelvis/IV contrast: Need to have nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to exam
    • Any CTs without contrast consist of no preparation prior to procedure.
    • For 15-20 minutes, the patient lies on the table that moves through a circular opening. Depending on the exam and your physician’s order, oral and/or IV contrast may be required to highlight certain areas of the body
  • Your technologist will conduct the test from an adjacent room. You will be able to communicate with your technologist through a patient intercom system during the entire exam. You should remain relaxed and as still as possible.
  • A radiologist will interpret your exam and the results will be electronically sent to your physician within 24 hours.