CT Scan

What is it? 

nullA CT scan is a painless exam that combines X-rays with computer scans. CT images of internal organs, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular X-ray exams. A CT can give physicians a detailed view that can’t be accomplished with regular radiography (x-ray). With the CT, the images are able to be manipulated and they will give a lot of information.  

Stewart Memorial recently installed a new 128 slice Hitachi CT scanner that reduces the amount of radiation and increased the speed of the exam. With the new scanner we can offer exams we couldn’t in the past (calcium scoring for example). The opening that the patient goes through is the biggest on the market so for larger and claustrophobic patients this is more comfortable. 

How do I prepare? 

Sometimes contrast, also known as X-ray dye, is needed to highlight bowel structures, internal organs or blood vessels. Contrast can be given orally or through an IV. If your exam requires contrast, you should not eat for 4 hours prior to the examination. You will be asked to drink the contrast 1 hour before your exam 

Most CT exams don’t require preparation. Jut wear comfortable loose fitting clothing. 

When should I get my results? 

Your exam will be read within 24 hours and your provider will get the report. Please allow your provider time to review your results and they will call you or go over them at your follow up appointment.