A Computed Tomography, or CT scan, is an imaging test that combines computers and 360-degree x-rays to produce highly detailed images of the body. It's painless, fast, non-invasive, and extremely accurate. Common areas of scanning include the chest, abdomen, and pelvis area. The CT scan is a vital tool in diagnosing disease, planning treatment for surgical, medical, and radiation treatment. A CT scan can depict bone, blood vessels, and soft tissue inside the body. This is significant in identification and proper diagnosis of infection, blood clot, internal bleeding, or disease.
COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT) FAQ
The IV contrast enhances all of the vascular structures on the images (i.e. liver, pancreas, kidneys). It will also characterize potential pathology.
Yes, but the chances are minimal. It has the same risk for reaction as any medication does, which is why we use contrast screening forms—to flag possible patients who are at risk for having a reaction to the contrast.
For your safety, a physician order is needed to schedule a CT scan.