CT Scan

A Versatile Test with a Variety of Uses

Your doctor may order a CT scan to diagnose a variety of internal conditions. A CT scan (also known as computerized tomography scan) visualizes the inside of your body using a series of computers and X-ray machines. All of our CT scan equipment utilizes low-radiation dose technology, minimizing your exposure to x-rays.

How Does It Work?

The CT scan is a ring-like device where the patient lies still for a few minutes. As the patient is lying in the machine, a series of rotating X-rays takes pictures of the body. These images are processed to create cross-sectional and 3D images of the areas to be studied.

Our radiologists will then examine these images, identify any abnormalities, and issue a comprehensive report to your physician to help guide them with the diagnosis and treatment.

Do I Need a CT Scan?

Some of the reasons your physician may recommend that you to get a CT scan include:

  • Evaluating treatment response or surveillance for a chronic medical condition.
  • Unexplained pain, weight loss, fever, or other symptoms.
  • Screening for or excluding disease you may be at risk for (e.g. lung cancer).
  • There are many other reasons you may need a CT scan. For additional information, please consult your physician.

The Advantages of a CT Scan

  • extremely rapid acquisition (quick scanning)
  • exquisite detail of internal anatomy
  • wealth of clear and specific information
  • able to visualize a large portion of the body in a single exam

Beyond routine CT imaging, some of our specialty exams include:

  • lung cancer screening CT
  • CT virtual colonoscopy
  • CT angiography, to evaluate blood vessels
  • CT calcium scoring of the heart
  • Sinus CT
  • Spine imaging

Our CT imaging experience has been optimized for the patient’s comfort. Our machine is designed to be non-claustrophobic. The scan is also painless and fast, lasting just a few minutes (patients may require an intravenous injection of contrast, for some types of studies).

All of our CT imaging is done using low-dose technique, exposing our patients to as little radiation as possible.

We offer prompt turnaround for reporting. Most reports are delivered to your physician the same day as your scan; all are delivered within one working day.

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