Computed Tomography (CT Scan) is a diagnostic exam that uses x-ray technology.
This versatile modality captures cross-sectional images and allows radiologists to see nearly all parts of the body including bones, internal organs, soft tissue and blood vessels.
Images produced by a CT scan are more sophisticated and provide more detail than a general x-ray exam.
CT imaging is used to diagnose injury or disease. It can also be used to plan medical or surgical treatment.
What to Expect
When you arrive for your CT scan, you will be asked some questions about your health history and you may be asked to change into a gown.
CT uses x-ray radiation to achieve high quality imaging. Safety measures are in place to decrease your radiation dose.
For the exam, you will be positioned on a cushioned table that will move into the scanner. Some CT scans require IV or oral contrast, which are FDA approved compounds used to highlight certain body structures and help radiologists distinguish normal from abnormal conditions.
CT scans generally take between 5 and 20 minutes.