Imaging Services: 64 Multi-Slice Scanner

Patient care and diagnosis have significantly improved with the growing use of computed tomography (CT).  CT scanning blends the traditional technology of X-rays with the latest computer innovations.  Using a series of X-ray beams, the CT scanner creates cross-sectional images.  A computer then reconstructs these "slices" to produce a 3-D image.  The result is a picture with greater detail than traditional X-rays.  And better infromations means a more accurate diagnosis from your doctor!

A CT exam is a quick, painless procedure.  The scanner will acquire the images in just a few seconds while you are comfortably lying on the patient table.  Designed for patient comfort, our CT offers the largest table width and shortest adjustable bed height in the industry, making access easier for patients with special needs.  The wide bed space and large scan opening provides plenty of room for you to lay comfortably during the exam.  In addition, an audio or visual aid will be provided to help coach you through the breath holding process.

Industry leading reliability means that Aquilion CT scanners are always ready to go when your appointment time comes around.  And with most scanning studies taking just 15 minutes or less, you'll have more time in your day for other things.

Is CT Radiation Safe?
While some exposure to radiation during a CT exam is unavoidable, the amount and effects of this radiation have low risk for negative long-term effects.  Aquilion CT scanners are built on the latest advances in low dose technology n order to reduce each patient's exposure to radiation. Your physician and the assisting technicians are careful to ensure that you receive the perfect dose of radiation to keep tyou safe and acquire the quality images your physician needs to provide effective treatment.
 
Before Your Exam
Although preparation for a CT exam is minimal, there are a few things you may need to do prior to your exam.
  • Tell your doctor if you may be pregnant.
  • Discuss all current medications with your doctor.
  • Inform you doctor of any allergies to iodine or conditions such as asthma.
  • Your doctor may ask you to refrain from eating or drinking leading up to your exam to esure optimum image clarity.
  • You may be asked to drink an oral contract solution that will help specific parts of your body stand out more in the CT scan.
During Your Exam
In addition to being one of the most effective forms of advanced imaging, a CT scan is also one of the easiest for you, the patient.
  • For the sake of image clarity you may be asked to wear a gown and remove all jewelry and other metallic items.
  • A contract media is sometimes used to make specific parts of the body appear more visible.  Administered through a small IV, the contrast media may create a slight warming sensation.
  • Once the exam begins, your examination table will move slowly into position inside the scanner's donut-shaped opening.
 
  • Throughout the scan you will be asked to remain still and may be asked t hold your breath for short periods of time.  A video or audio coaching system will help guide you through the exam process.
  • Since there are no longering effects from your CT scan, after the exam you are free to resume all normal activities unless otherwise directed by your physician.