Computed Tomography (CT)
Computed tomography (CT) scanning is a state of the art, fast, painless
diagnostic examination that combines x-rays and computers. A CT
Scan allows the radiologist to see the location, nature and extent
of many different diseases or abnormalities inside your body.
low-dose x-rays are taken in sequence by a rotating x-ray tube.
All you need to do is to lie still on a table for approximately
5 minutes. The tabletop will move you through the gantry (a donut
shaped opening), which houses the x-ray tube and a set of detectors.
The detectors pick up the x-rays that pass through your body. The
computer then processes this information to form an image that the
radiologist will review and interpret.
Some CT exams
require a contrast agent to enhance the pictures taken by the CT
scanner. You will receive special instructions if your exam requires
an oral or Intravenous contrast agent in advance.
Spiral CT Exam
Just relax and resume your normal activities. There are no after
effects of the exam.
to our FAQ - Multi-Slice CT section
for additional questions & answers.