CT Scanning

Our new state of the art scanner provides diagnosis and treatment of patients by creating the finest image quality while reducing x-ray dose to the patient. The innovative design provides optimal patient comfort while providing outstanding diagnostic information.
Diagnosing or excluding diseases and changes in various organs of the body.
Viewing a true-to-detail three dimensional images of the inside of the heart and other parts of the body.
Lower radiation dose.

A Radiographer with special training in computed tomography will perform your CT scan. The procedure will be explained by the Radiographer who can answer any questions you may have. The Radiographer will operate the CT scanner from a separate control room but remain in contact with you using a two-way intercom while watching you through an observation window. You will lie on a table connected to the CT scanner. The part of your body being scanned will be positioned in the middle of the large, doughnut-shaped scanner.

Some CT scans require the use of an iodine contrast material, "x-ray dye". This material is used to highlight certain body tissues and structures. One type is given prior to the exam by mouth (usually for abdomen/pelvis scans). A different contrast material is given by I.V. injection and is used to enhance structures of the body and improve the detection of abnormalities.

During the CT scan, The beam of x-rays circles around the body, collecting a 360-degree view of the area being examined. This information is fed into a computer system that produces a two dimensional cross sectional "slice" of a portion of the body.

CT Services / Preparations

CT Abdomen: Nothing by mouth 2 hrs prior to exam. Drink oral contrast as directed by staff.
CT Pelvis: Same procedure as CT Abdomen/Pelvis with contrast.
CT Head/Brain
CT Soft Tissue Neck
CT Chest
CT Angiogram
With Contrast: Exams with IV contrast require an iodine-based contrast to be injected into a vein in your arm.
Scan Time: 30 Minutes

What should I wear?

Wear something that is comfortable and easy to remove. Some of the scans you will be asked to change into a gown.

How long will it take?

Allow approximately 30 minutes for this exam, though most of this time is preparation.
Weight Limit: 200 kg

IV Contrast Dye Allergy(Iodine)
Iodine contrast or dye will be used during your test or procedure. Before the test, patients with an iodine allergy may need to take certain medications. This is important to avoid serious side-effects from the dye.

Before the Test/Procedure
At least 24 hours before your test:

  • Obtain prescriptions from your doctor

  • Fill prescriptions

  • 13 hours before your test:
  • Take prednisone, 50 mg by mouth

  • 7 hours before your test:
  • Take prednisone, 50 mg by mouth

  • 1 hour before your test:
  • Take prednisone, 50 mg by mouth

  • Pherergan 50mg Intravenous/Intramuscular stat in department.
  • Take these medications with water. Based on your test, if food and liquid intake is not allowed, take medications with small sips of water.
    If these medications are not taken as directed, your test may not be done.