Imaging Services - CT (Computed Tomography)

Accredited Facility | Computed Tomography - ACROverview
Computed Tomography commonly referred to as a CT Scan is a noninvasive medical test that combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of your body. A CT scan can provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams. A CT scan can be used to study all parts of your body, such as the chest, abdomen, pelvis, or an arm or leg. It can take pictures of body organs, such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, sinuses, lungs, and heart. It also can study blood vessels, bones, spinal cord and brain.

These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. These images can be manipulated into different positions, allowing the radiologist to thoroughly examine any area of interest.

The technologist begins by positioning you on the CT examination table, usually lying flat on your back or possibly on your side or on your stomach. If contrast material is used it will be injected through an intravenous line (IV). Next, the table will move quickly through the scanner to determine the correct starting position for the scans. Then, the table will move slowly through the machine as the actual CT scanning is performed.