64 Slice CT

What is a CT Scan?

CT (computed tomography) scans use rotating x-ray beams to acquire a 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.

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 all while delivering the lowest dose of radiation 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. 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.

You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothing and to change into a scrub top, scrub pants or gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, eye glasses, hearing aids, removable dental
work and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the CT images. Women should always inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.