Neighbors Emergency Centers all have radiology technicians available 24/7. Our rad techs provide diagnostic imaging services via onsite ultrasound, x-ray, and CT scan.
What is a CT Scan?
CT stands for computerized tomography. CT scans combine X-ray technology with computer processing to create cross-sectional images (called ‘slices’) of internal organs. These cross-sectional slices are able to provide a more detailed view than a standard x-ray and are useful to quickly examine people who have injuries from traumas, such as a car accident. CT scans are used to diagnose disease and injury as well as plan medical treatment prior to surgery or radiation.
Why would I need a CT Scan?
CT scans are helpful because, unlike with an X-ray, they can help doctors to view soft tissue and organs. This can help to diagnose and monitor diseases like cancer, heart disease, and any disease or injury affecting the organs, detect internal bleeding, or even pinpoint a blood clot.
What is getting a CT Scan like?
CT scans are painless. The scan is done by having the patient lay on a padded table that will slowly move through a scanning ring or tunnel. Before the scan, you will need to remove any jewelry or accessories, dentures or hearing aids, or anything metallic or electronic. You will be asked to be still and remain on the table during the scan while a radiology technologist in an adjacent room monitors the images from the CT machine. During the scan, you may hear a whirring or buzzing noise.
Sometimes, patients are given a ‘contrast material’ which is a type of dye that helps highlight certain areas of the body. Often this is given as a liquid to drink, but sometimes it is given other ways, like through an IV- some scans may require both oral and IV contrast. This contrast material may cause you to feel a warming sensation.
After your CT Scan
CT images are stored electronically. After your scan, your images will be reviewed on a screen, and you will receive a file upon discharge with all of your CT scan slices.
Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Fast yet efficient. Explained everything and answered all my questions. We will definitely go there for all our medical needs.– Darlene