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Computed Tomography (CT or CT Scan)

Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a state of the art 32-slice scanner. The scanner looks like a large donut with a narrow table in the middle. The technologist begins by positioning you on the table. Your body may be supported by pillows to help you remain still and in the proper position during the exam. Once the exam begins, the table will move slowly into the round opening of the scanner while the x-ray tube rotates around your body. Depending on the area of the body being examined, the increments of movement by the table may be so small that they are almost undetectable or large enough that you feel the sensation of motion. You may hear a quiet clicking or buzzing sound as the table moves through the machine. The test itself is completely painless, but it is very important for you to remain motionless for the length of the study, which is typically brief. You will be alone in the room during the scan; however, the technologist can see, hear and speak with you at all times.

We are able to perform routine scans as well as Computer Tomography Angiography (CTA). During a CT many images from different angles around the body are obtained. CT imaging is useful because it can show several types of tissue- lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels- with great clarity. Most scans can be performed in less than fifteen seconds. Routine scans include the head, facial, sinuses, chest, abdomen, and pelvis, upper and lower backs, extremities as well as more specialized procedures.

Outpatients can be scheduled 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Emergency department coverage is 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You will receive the results of your CT Scan from the healthcare provider that ordered the test.