CT Scan
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CT Scan

CT scans are performed to analyze the internal structures of various parts of the body including the:

  • Head
  • Spine
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Sinuses
  • Chest
  • Extremities

How to prepare for the exam

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Remove all jewelry
  • You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for a few hours before your scan

What to expect during your examination

  • You will be placed on a table that moves into the center of a large donut-shaped machine that takes the X-ray images around the body.
  • While the table moves you into the machine, detectors and the X-ray tube rotate around you.
  • Straps and pillows may be used to help you stay in position.
  • You may hear buzzing, clicking and whirring noises.
  • The process can take from a half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the procedure.
  • The technologist will be viewing the procedure through a glass window and can communicate with you through an intercom.
  • Depending on the reason for your scan, a special dye called a contrast material may be use to help highlight the areas of your body being examined.

Please notify the technologist if you are pregnant.

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