64 Slice CT
What is a CT Scan?
CT (computed tomography) scans use rotating x-ray beams to acquire
cross- sectional images of the body. The scan is performed in a
ring-shaped machine, usually taking less than a minute to perform.
Modern scanners, with the aid of computer systems, can use the
cross-sectional images to create 3D images of the internal organs. The
images are then reviewed by a radiologist.
A CT scan provides a high resolution image of the body and is currently the preferred method for diagnosing many diseases and injuries. CT scans can also be used for pre-operative planning, to diagnose cysts, tumors, blood diseases, blood clots, hemorrhages, infections and to monitor recovery from illness. It is also an excellent method of
assessing atherosclerotic disease. Our 64 slice Siemens Somatom Sensation CT scanner is even more powerful
than a regular CT scanner in that it captures up to 64 simultaneous anatomical slices of 0.5 mm in a single gantry rotation. The Somatom Sensation allows for maximal diagnostic detail at a fast acquisition speed coupled with the lowest radiation dose possible. Even precise images of rapidly moving organs like the heart and lungs are possible.
It is also providing revolutionary in helping examine patients who can’t hold their breath, such as trauma victims, young children or the extremely ill.
Preparing For Your CT Scan:
Many types of CT scans do not require patient preparation, but some require either an oral dose or an IV injection of contrast material (x-ray dye). Contrast provides improved definition of the internal organs and increases the sensitivity of the scan in terms of detecting some diseases. Oral contract is also frequently used during abdominal
and pelvic CT imaging. Abdominal and/or Pelvic CT No food or drink after midnight, except water to take medications.
Must consume one bottle of oral contrast the night prior to your exam and a second bottle of contrast one hour before your appointment.