Computed tomography (CT) is also known as Computed Axial Tomography (CAT). The CT machine resembles a large doughnut with a sliding table that moves slightly during the exam.
The CT exam is a painless procedure and the technology is a sophisticated x-ray procedure.
The CT technology uses an advanced computer to compile multiple images of cross-sectional pictures (slices) taken during the scan of the area of the interest. By using this technology to generate images of tissue, bone and blood vessels our specialized Radiologists can visualize and interpret any visual abnormalities present.
Depending on the exam and what you’re ordering physician requested, the patient may be instructed to drink oral contrast approximately 2 hours prior to the exam. Using oral contrast the interpreting Radiologist will be able to determine the underlying medical problem.
Intravenous contrast is used to highlight blood vessels and to enhance the structure of organs like the vessels of the brain, neck, heart, aorta, kidney, liver, spleen and pancreas. The contrast is contained in a special injector that is administered by our certified and highly qualified Radiology nurses. During the procedure, the CT technologists will be in constant contact with you during your exam.