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Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

St. Anthony Community Hospital Offers Advanced Diagnostic Computed Tomography (CT Scan) Technology

The 256 Slice CT Manages Radiation Exposure While Providing Quality Images Needed for Diagnosis and Treatment

The advanced imaging equipment allows your doctors to view bones, organs, blood vessels and even your heart, in extraordinarily fine detail. This information helps doctors diagnose a wide variety of conditions earlier and faster than ever before.  The 256 Slice CT is capable of performing the most challenging imaging studies such as advanced cardiovascular, brain and whole organ scans.  The low-energy, low-dose and low-injected contrast imaging allows for the scanning of extremely sick patients or even children. 

What is a CT scan?

CT, which stands for Computed Tomography (sometimes referred to as a “CAT” scan), is a quick, painless diagnostic tool doctors can use to see inside the body.  A CT scanner combines X-rays with advanced computer processing technology to create detailed images of your internal structures and organs.  Doctors use the images they get from a CT scan to rule out or confirm the presence of certain abnormalities or diseases.

What is low-dose CT and why is it important?

A CT scanner uses X-rays, a form of radiation, to capture the images.  Keeping your overall health in mind, our low-dose CT scanning, minimizes your radiation exposure while providing your doctor the clear images needed for diagnosis and treatment.

How long will my CT exam take?

The length of your CT exam depends on which particular study, or studies, your doctor has ordered. Most exams are quick, lasting just a few minutes. You will be asked to lie still on a table as it gently moves you through the scanner.

How do I prepare for my CT scan?

Your preparation depends on what part of the body is being examined.  In some cases the staff may ask you to change into a hospital gown for the exam. You may also be asked to not eat or drink anything before the exam. Some scans require you to be given a contrast agent, either by an injection or orally. Be sure to inform your physician or technologist if you have any allergies or believe you are pregnant.

If you have additional questions about your scan, please contact your physician.
You may also call the Radiology Department at St. Anthony Community Hospital at 845.987.5142