CT, Computerized Tomography, is a detailed computerized cross-sectional x-ray that allows us to see organs that cannot be seen with normal x-rays. For example, you might need a CT scan of the brain, liver, kidneys, or lungs. The target areas of CT scans are usually sinuses, the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvic regions.
The procedure usually takes approximately between 10-15 minutes to complete. The procedure is painless. The patient is not enclosed during the procedure and usually remains in a supine (on their back) position through out the exam. Sometimes an IV (intravenous) line may be required for some examinations that require an intravenous contrast.
This procedure requires an appointment. Your physician’s office will take care of scheduling the appointment with the Diagnostic Imaging Department. This procedure also requires a pre-certification. This means that our staff must call and receive approval from your insurance company prior to the procedure.
Abdominal and pelvic CT examinations requires some preparation.
The preliminary report is forwarded to your physician. The full detailed report will be available to your physician within two days of your procedure unless otherwise specified by the technologist. Results of your exam can only be released to the patient by his/her physician or an attending physician.