What is a CT Scan?

The care and diagnosis of patients has significantly improved through the use of computed tomography (CT). The exam is a fairly quick and painless procedure. The CT scanner acquires images in just a matter of seconds while you are lying on the patient table. Using a series of X-rays, the CT scanner creates cross-sectional images, or ‘slices’ which are reconstructed by a computer to produce 3-D images. The result of these images is a picture with greater detail than a traditional X-ray, which can mean a more accurate interpretation and diagnosis from your physician.

Preparing for your visit:

  • For all CT exams, please wear comfortable clothing.

Abdomen (Oral Prep Only):

  • No food or drink 6 hours prior to the exam.
  • Please pick up oral contrast prep from the Imaging Center and drink prep one hour prior to the scheduled procedure time.

Abdomen (Oral Prep and I.V. Contrast):

  • No food or drink 6 hours prior to the exam.
  • Please pick up oral contrast prep from the Imaging Center and drink it one hour prior to your appointment time.

Pelvis (Oral Only):

  • Please pick up 1 bottle of oral contrast prep from the Imaging Center and drink 1 hour prior to your appointment time.

Abdomen and Pelvis (Oral and I.V. Contrast):

  • No food or drink 6 hours prior to the exam.
  • Please pick up 2 bottles of oral contrast prep from the Imaging Center and drink 1 hour prior to your appointment time.

All Other Exams:

  • No preparation required.

Following Your Visit:

  • Our Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor.  Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.