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Computed Tomography (CT scan)

CT is a noninvasive test that combines x-rays and computer scans. A computer combines the images to create views that more easily diagnose problems like cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.

As a Patient:

  • If instructed, drink contrast (a liquid that improves the image) 1 1/2 hours before your CT.
  • The test may take 10 minutes to 2 hours, depending on whether contrast is used and the part of the body being scanned.
  • Arrive on time to check in, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  • You may be given contrast through an intravenous (IV) line or by injection.
  • You will lie on a table. The table slides into the CT scanner.
  • The technologist will ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds during your scan.
  • After your test, you can go back to your normal diet and activities right away. Any contrast will pass naturally through your body within a day.

Exams Performed

  • CT of all body parts
  • CT guided biopsies; Aspirations; Paracentesis; Thoracentesis; Abscess Drainage; Catheter Insertions
  • 3D, Sagittal and Coronal reconstructions
  • CT Angiograms of Neck; Circle of Willis; Aorta; Renal
  • CT Chest to rule out pulmonary emboli
  • CT Abdomen to rule out kidney stone (non-invasive exam replacing the Intravenous Pyelogram)
  • CT Abdomen/Pelvis to rule out appendicitis
  • CT scan for Stealth procedure
  • CT Cardiac Scoring
  • CT Angiograms of the Heart 


  • Siemens Volume Zoom
  • Siemens 64 slice Somatom Sensation


  • Monday through Friday - 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Weekends - 24 hour coverage
  • Following routine hours, there is a technologist on call to provide CT services as needed.
  • After hours, images are transmitted via tele-radiology systems for a preliminary interpretation from a Radiologist.
  • Questions? Call us, 217-464-2159.