CT Exams

What is a CT?

CT, or Computerized Tomography, is actually an x-ray procedure which is enhanced by a special computer. The result is a 2 and 3-dimensional view of a “slice” of your body.

In a regular x-ray image, some tissues can block the view your doctor needs. With the computer’s help, the CT scan can clearly show the relationship between bone and soft tissue so your doctor can make an accurate diagnosis.  

What is a contrast media?

This substance is given to highlight various body parts. There are two different types of contrast media that can be administered to a patient depending on the type of CT scan performed.

Oral Contrast – this is given to illuminate the bowel. It helps to make the internal organs more distinguishable. This contrast is taken orally.

IV contrast – contrast that is injected into the patient by way of the veinous system. This contrast helps with viewing arteries and veins.

* Not all CT exams require contrast.

How long will the exam take?

The exam usually takes from 15 to 45 minutes. This allows for preparation as well as time for the computer to generate the image. Actual exposure time is minimal. Time may vary significantly depending on the nature of the study and other factors.