Computed Tomography (CT)

A CT scan, also known as computer tomography, uses highly sophisticated x-ray equipment and computer processing to obtain detailed images from different angles around the body. CT imaging can show several types of tissue—lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels—with great clarity. It can be used to identify injuries and disease as well as to rule out illness or other medical conditions.

Your CT Exam

When you have an imaging exam at Diagnostic Imaging Northwest you can expect skilled, personal care every step of the way. Before your exam, a CT technologist will review your medical and allergy history and answer any questions you may have. Your comfort during the CT is our top priority, so a technologist will be available to you throughout your exam.

The Day of Your CT Exam and How to Prepare

Our staff will inform you of any preparation instructions and your appointment check-in time prior to your exam. CT scans are very fast, however, you will spend between 10 and 30 minutes on the scanning bed, depending on the type and number of exams you will have. While most patients lie on their back, your position may vary depending on the type of CT exam you are having.

Wear comfortable, loose clothing to this appointment. Most patients may still be asked to change into a gown. We ask that you remove metal jewelry in the area being scanned, such as earrings or necklaces, prior to arriving at your appointment. Please note: We do not have lockers at every site.

Some CT exams may require contrast, such as a flavored oral contrast or an intravenous (IV) injection to enhance the results of your exam.

Your CT Results

A board-certified radiologist will interpret images from your CT exam. A final report will be completed and sent to your referring health care provider who will then explain the results and answer any follow-up questions you may have.

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