Our multi-slice, low-dose CT scanner generates data and details quickly and accurately. Computed Tomography (CT or “CAT” Scan) scanning is a painless diagnostic examination that combines x-rays and computers. These scans allow a radiologist to see the location, nature, and extent of abnormalities inside the body. CT scanning can be used to obtain information about many organs (such as the kidneys, liver, intestines, pancreas, lungs, and heart), the abdominal cavity, bones, and the spinal cord. Our upgraded CT machine allows our certified radiologic technologists to monitor the amount of radiation exposure a patient receives resulting in the lowest dose of radiation possible.
WHAT IS A CT SCAN?
CT is acronym for Computed Tomography (CT), which is also known as computed axial tomography or “CAT” scan. It is an advanced x-ray technology that produces a sequence of cross-sectional interior images of the spine, head, chest, abdomen or other areas of the body.
In this procedure, diagnostic images are produced by rotating a focused, x-ray beam around the patient. Guided by a computer, these x-ray images are taken from various angles. CT examinations produce highly detailed organ studies by capturing multiple individual image “slices”. It is considered one of the best tools to study the chest and abdomen.
WILL THE CT IMAGING EXAM HURT?
No, CT imaging itself should cause no pain. CT imaging does require the patient to remain still during the examination. For some patients, staying motionless for some time may be uncomfortable. However, the CT exam itself causes no bodily sensations or pain.
CT imaging examinations that require the patient to receive a contrast injection may cause slight, temporary discomfort while the intravenous needle is inserted and contrast is inserted and contrast is injected. Diagnosis made with CT scanning may eliminate the need for invasive, exploratory surgery and surgical biopsy
IS CT IMAGING SAFE?
Yes, CT imaging is considered a safe examination. In general, the diagnostic benefit of a CT scan usually outweighs the risk of x-ray radiation exposure or injections of imaging contrast during the scan. Patients should inform the radiologist or technologist if they have a history of allergies (especially to medications, previous iodine injections, or shellfish), diabetes, asthma, a heart condition, kidney problems, or thyroid conditions. Our techs are able to monitor the amount of radiation exposure a patient receives during their exam resulting in the lowest dose possible.