Our CT Scan Services
Getting a highly detailed picture of what’s going on inside your body can help us give you the best diagnosis and treatment possible. Computed tomography (CT) scanning helps us do just that.
What Is CT scanning?
CT scanning blends the traditional technology of X-rays with advanced technological 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 information means a more accurate diagnosis from your doctor.
How It Works
A CT exam is a quick 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 a large table width and short adjustable bed height, making access easier for patients with special needs.
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 with state-of- the-art advances in low-dose technology in order to reduce each patient's exposure to radiation. Your doctor and the qualified technologist are careful to ensure that you receive the right dose of radiation to keep you safe and acquire the quality images your doctor 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 your doctor of any allergies to iodine or conditions, such as asthma.
- You may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking leading up to your exam to ensure 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’ll be asked to remain still and may be asked to hold your breath for short periods of time. A audio coaching system will help guide you through the exam process.
- Since there are no lingering effects from your CT scan, after the exam, you’re free to resume all normal activities unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
For more information about our imaging services, please call (760) 366-6175.