What is a CT scan?
A CT scan uses X-rays and special computers to create detailed images of sections of the body. We use CT scans to locate and diagnose conditions like:
- Blocked blood vessels
- Tumors (noncancerous and cancerous)
CT tests we offer
We use both CT and PET scans to diagnose a number of conditions. The CT and PET scans we offer include:
- Bone density study, which helps us measure the amount of calcium in the bones so we can diagnose osteoporosis.
- CT enterogram, which produces images of the small intestine and other areas of the abdomen so we can diagnose gastrointestinal disorders and inflammatory bowel diseases.
- Three types of CT scans with contrast, which include:
- CT scan without contrast, for CT scans that don’t require contrast material to produce a clear picture
- Heart CT scan, which helps us measure how the heart functions and see any problems with the heart’s arteries
- Myelogram, which creates images of the spinal canal
What can I expect during my CT scan?
We’ll give you information to help you prepare for your exam, such as dietary requirements before your test. Some tests may require blood work at a separate appointment before your exam. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a list of your current medications to your test appointment, along with any other materials your doctor requests. Most scans are done on an outpatient basis, and if you are pregnant, it’s important to tell your doctor prior to the test.
During the test, you’ll lie on a table, which will slide into the scanner. If your test requires an injection of contrast material, you may feel warm or flushed during the injection. You will have to lie still during the test, and your technologist may ask you to hold your breath at certain points during the exam. This is so we can get the clearest picture possible to accurately diagnose your condition.