Computed tomography uses X-rays in conjunction with a computer, producing cross-sectional images of body parts. CT generated images can distinguish small differences in tissue densities, as well as manipulate the images, both functionalities a conventional X-ray does not have. It is necessary to give oral and intravenous contrast materials for some exams, as the contrast highlights the intestines and soft tissues of the body to provide a better view of these structures. A technologist is always available to explain the study and make your patients’ experiences as comfortable as possible.
CT scans of the sinuses, extremities or chest do not require any preparation.
All other types of exams (i.e. head, abdomen, pelvis) require no eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking four hours prior to the study except for prescribed medication.
This exam is performed at all our locations.