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Computerized tomography scans (CT)

A computerized tomography imaging, sometimes called a CAT scan or a CT scan, can help your physician diagnose a muscle or bone disorder; locate a tumor, infection or blood clot; or detect internal injuries and bleeding. In some cases, your doctor may even use a CT scan to guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy or radiation therapy. A CT scan uses special X-ray equipment to take pictures of the inside of your body from different angles. A computer then combines these pictures to form detailed, three-dimensional (3-D) views of the area of your body being examined.

The CT scanner is the latest imaging technology used to diagnose neurology, oncology and many other specialties. The CT scan provides views of the entire body in seconds and profile incredibly sharp 3-D images of any organ.

About your test or treatment

Your doctor has decided that you need to have computerized tomography (CT) imaging, sometimes called a CAT Scan or a CT scan. A CT scan can help your physician diagnose a muscle or bone disorder; locate a tumor, infection or blood clot; or detect internal injuries and bleeding. In some cases, your doctor may even use a CT scan to guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy or radiation therapy. A CT scan uses special X-ray equipment to take pictures of the inside of your body from different angles. A computer then combines these pictures to form detailed, three-dimensional views of the area of your body being examined.

What to expect during your test or treatment

  • Your technologist will take you to a special room where the pictures will be taken, and you will be asked to change into a gown.
  • For most types of CT scans, you will be given a special dye, called a contrast material, so that the area of your body being
    examined will show up clearer in the pictures. In most cases, an IV needle will be placed in a vein in your arm, where this
    contrast material will be injected. You may be given an oral contrast material to drink to show your upper digestive tract.
    This usually takes 15 to 60 minutes or longer, depending on the body part being scanned. For certain types of CT scans,
    however, you will be given the contrast material by enema.
  • You may briefly feel a warm sensation as the contrast material begins to circulate into your body.
  • You will lie on a special scanning table with your arms by your side or over your head. Lying very still during your test is
    extremely important because movement can make the pictures look blurry and unclear.
  • The table is attached to a large donut-shaped scanner, and the table will move inside this scanner where the pictures will
    be taken.
  • Your technologist will operate the scanning machine from another room and will talk to you through an intercom system.
  • The test itself only lasts about 15 minutes, but you will need to stay for a brief time afterward so your technologist can be sure the pictures are clear. If not, they might be redone.

What to expect after your test or treatment

  • After the technologist checks your pictures for clarity, your IV will be removed and you will be free to leave.
  • You may resume your normal activities immediately, unless directed otherwise.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids will help flush the contrast material out of your system.
  • A radiologist will study the images and send a report to your doctor.
  • Your doctor will schedule a time to discuss the results with you.

Returning home
If you have any questions after returning home, please contact your physician.

Thank you again for choosing Norton Healthcare imaging services. It is a pleasure to serve you.

 

Norton Healthcare locations offering CT scan:

CT low dose Lung Screenings; performed at all sites except Kosair Children's Hospital and Kosair Children's Medical Center-Brownsboro

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