Computerized Tomography (CT) Scans
What is a CT?
A CT Scan - also called Computerized Tomography or just CT - is an X-ray
technique that produces images of the body to visualize internal structures
in cross sections, rather than the overlapping images typically produced
by conventional X-ray exams.
Contrast agents may be used intravenously or by mouth to see blood vessels,
intestines, organs, and lymph nodes more clearly during a CT.
- A CT scan may be recommended by a doctor to help:
- Diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumors and fractures
- Pinpoint the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot
- Guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy
- Detect and monitor diseases such as cancer or heart disease
- Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding
- CT scans can be done even if patients have a pacemaker, an internal cardioverter
defibrillator or any implanted devices in the body.
Nothing matters more to us than our patients’ well-being. That’s
why we upgraded all of our CT equipment to GE’s newest, cutting
edge technology. GE Healthcare has created Lower Dose by Design - to focus
on innovation, patient care, and teamwork. Lower Dose by Design combines
research, training, technology, and clinical practice to achieve diagnostic
image quality at optimized dose. These technologies help record and monitor
the dose we give to our patients every day, ensuring you the safest exam possible.
Our new GE 64-Slice and GE 16-Slice scanners come fully equipped with A.S.I.R.
technology, which has been proven to drastically reduce patient radiation
exposure without compromising image quality. These scanners allow us to
scan the area of interest in a volumetric acquisition versus one slice
at a time, which decreases the time it takes to perform the study and
enables accurate 2D and 3D reconstructions in any plane to visualize blood
vessels, bones, organs, inflammatory changes and mass lesions.
If you are scheduled for a CT Scan, please complete the
CT & X-ray Risk Assessment Sheet and the
Medication Reconciliation Sheet.