Computed Tomography (CT) Scans

CT & CAT Imaging Services

What Is A CT Scan?

A computed tomography (CT) scan or CAT scan is an imaging method which uses X-rays alongside powerful computers to generate high-resolution images.

CT scans are routinely used to gather diagnostic information about the brain, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Also, it is a highly effective way to gain information about the skeletal system. In some clinical scenarios, 3-D images are created to assist in the diagnosis.

SJRA has a long history of using the latest and most technologically advanced imaging equipment, and currently utilizes the Siemens SOMATOM Definition, one of the fastest scanners on the market. Combining cutting-edge technology with highly trained radiologists, the dedicated CT specialists at SJRA have the ability to identify abnormalities anywhere in the body.

What Are The Different Types Of CT Scans?

CT scans are categorized based off of the area that is being scanned. Outside of CT scans of particular parts of the body, there are two additional types our radiologists at SJRA offer. CT Angiography is a type of CT scan that generates high-resolution images of the inside of a patient’s blood vessels. These images can help assess the overall health of blood vessels including plaque buildup and blockages. CT Arthrography is a type of CT scan that generates high-resolution images of joints. These images can help identify joint abnormalities, pain, and post surgery monitoring.

What is a PET/CT Scan?

A Position Emission Tomography (PET) scan is another form of diagnostic imaging that is commonly performed during a CT scan. At SJRA, we offer the ability to do both scans simultaneously, which produces images more quickly and accurately. Patients will find more comfort because the examination time is shorter. The combination of these two advanced scans eliminates the “wait-and-see” approach and allows your doctor to have access to more comprehensive information to provide the best treatment plan possible.

How Do I Prepare For A CT Scan?

An upcoming CT scan should be the least of your worries. Our radiologists and specialists at SJRA are capable of answering any questions you might have. Here are answers to the common questions you might be asking yourself:

The time it takes to start and complete a CT scan largely depends on what area of the body is being studied and the type of preparation needed. On average, CT scans can last anywhere between 15 – 6o minutes.

Generally, you will receive the results of a CT scan in about 24 hours. Immediately after the scan, a radiologist will read and interpret the scan to develop a detailed analysis. The detailed analysis will interpret your results to provide you and your doctor with clear insight.

Your doctor and radiologist will determine if it is necessary to receive an IV for any type of CT scan. An IV may be used to administer a tiny amount of contrast, which is a type of fluid that helps with image clarity. If contrast is needed, it isn’t always administered through an IV. Contrast can be administered orally as well.

CT scans use x-rays to generate images of your body. X-rays contain very miniscule amounts of radiation. According to Webmd, the chances of you developing any complications from a CT scan are 1 in 2,000. CT scans are extremely safe to use and are one of the most effective early detection methods.

Before a CT scan, you want to ensure your doctor has the most up to date version of your medical history. Your doctor should be aware of any past and current medications as well as any diagnosed illnesses. Your doctor will give the radiologist conducting the scan all the information they need to ensure any adjustments needed are made. If any adjustments are needed to your current medications, your doctor will inform you multiple times before the CT scan appointment.

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