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:
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.