Multi-Slice CT Scan
Why would you have a CT/CAT Scan?
CT or CAT scanning is advanced radiological imaging that uses an x-ray beam that rotates around the patient to capture pictures inside the body. CT images are useful in studies of internal organs because they can separate overlapping structures precisely, producing cross-sectional images of all parts of the body. CT is most used for studies of the head, spine, abdomen, pelvis and chest. The CT scanner also is useful in determining the size and volume of tumors and other masses. This is especially helpful for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy or surgery.
What can I expect during the CT Scan?
The CT procedure is fast and painless (although some patients experience a warm sensation if their study includes a contrast agent). Patients lie down on a padded table which slowly enters the doughnut-shaped ring of the scanner. X-rays pass through the body and are detected by electronic sensors. Information from these sensors is digitally processed and displayed as an image on a computer monitor.
A contrast material, sometimes called "dye," may be administered to outline blood vessels or enhance organ images. There are two types of contrast: oral and intravenous. Oral contrast is a barium based drink that is given to most patients receiving CT for the digestive system. If a contrast material is used, it will be injected or introduced through an intravenous (IV) bottle into a vein, usually the arm. This allows for the radiologist to visualize changes in blood vessels or tissue.
How Will I Learn About The Results Of My CT Scan?
At UDI, a board-certified radiologist, Dr. George Stanley and his associates, will interpret your scan promptly. He will interpret the findings and a report will be sent to your physician who requested the CT. Your physician will then share the results of the study with you.
Can Anyone Have a CT Scan?
If you have known allergy’s to iodine, please let the staff know when booking your appointment as the intravenous dye (contrast) is iodine based.
Also, patients who have renal failure or poor renal function may not receive contrast. Please let our staff know at the time of scheduling if this applies to you.
|If you are scheduled for a CT scan with intravenous contrast, you may not eat or drink for 2 hours prior. If you are scheduled for oral or intravenous sedation, you may not eat or drink for 6 hours prior.
To schedule your CT Scan appointment or have any questions, please call us at 407-975-3315.