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ACR Seal - CT accreditationThe American College of Radiology gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards.  Advanced Imaging Center is proud to display this seal as a testament to the quality CT imaging we provide every day. 

What is a CT or CAT Scan?

A CT Scan (also called a CAT scan) is a special type of x-ray that obtains information from different CT scannerangles around your body. Together with a computer, detailed images and 3D pictures are created.

Why should I have a CT Scan?

This procedure can be used on many areas of the body including: head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. The x-ray pictures are very detailed and can be used to study blood vessels, identify tumors and cancers, or guide a surgeon during a biopsy. This test requires an order from your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

How long will the exam take?

Depending on the test, the time can vary from a few minutes to about half an hour.

What do I do before the exam?

Certain exams require a special dye (also called contrast) in your body before the test starts. This contrast can highlight specific areas that will result in a better x-ray picture. Contrast can be given in a variety of ways: IV (a needle in your arm), a tube in your rectum, or a liquid that you drink. When you are scheduled for the exam, you will be told if you will receive contrast or not. If contrast is used in your exam, you will be asked not to eat or drink for at least 4 hours before the exam.

Most of our contrast contains iodine, so please inform us (or your doctor) if you have an allergy to iodine. Make sure to ask about any prescription medications you might be taking. If you have any questions about the preparation instructions, please call our office at 743-0445.

What will the exam be like?

You will be asked to wear clothes with little or no metal on them or you may be asked to change into a hospital gown. You will be escorted to the exam room and placed on the table.

The CT scanner consists of a narrow table and a large donut-shaped ring. For the exam, the table will move through the opening as a series of x-ray beams rotate around you. A computer in the machine will take these pictures and recreate a 3D image. You will need to remain still for the exam because movement can make the pictures blurry.

What happens with my test results?

One of our specially trained radiologists will study the x-ray films from your test and send a typed report to your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. They can then discuss the results with you in detail.

What if I have further questions?

If you have any further questions or concerns about this procedure, please contact our office at 743-0445 or call your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
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