What is 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 Contrast Media?
Contrast media is sometimes given to highlight various body parts during imaging exams. 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 type of contrast is given to illuminate the bowel. It helps to make the internal organs more distinguishable.
IV contrast – This type of contrast is injected into the patient by way of the veinous system. This contrast helps with viewing arteries and veins.
Please be aware that not all CT exams require the use of contrast.