CT/CAT (Computed Tomography) Scan

A computerized tomography or computed axial tomography scan is a simple, non-invasive procedure that studies the body by “slicing” the body onto thin sections. This allows imaging of all organs in great detail in order to detect any abnormalities. A CT is particularly helpful in diagnosing and monitoring diseases of the central nervous system, the chest, the abdomen, and the pelvis. It is not limited to these areas.

The CT scanner is a circular doughnut-shaped apparatus that surrounds the part of you being tested. When the scanner is in operation, you will hear a variety of clicking and mechanical noises called “chirping” during your examination. This procedure is painless and quick. A contrast agent may be used for the area of study – oral, IV (intravenous), or both.

The typical exam can take between from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

CT scans can be provided on the following regions of the body:

  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Musculoskeletal/extremities
  • Spine
  • Kidneys

It is important that you inform the technologist if you know or suspect you may be pregnant and if you have any allergies to intravenous contrast also know as iodine contrast.