CT stands for Computerized Tomography, this means we use x-ray to obtain detailed images of a person’s anatomy to better evaluate and treat their disease process.
You should wear comfortable clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear. Depending on the CT you are having you may be asked to remove any necklaces, piercings, hairpins, dentures, glasses, etc that may interfere with the image quality. This can be removed at the time of your exam.
The x-ray technologist will bring you back to the CT room for your scan. Family members will be asked to wait in the waiting room.
The technologist will position you on the table, either lying on your back or stomach. If you are having a CT of the Chest you will be asked to raise your arms above your head.
Next the technologist will explain the exam to you and any instructions.
The machine will then move you in and out a few times as it takes the images. It may instruct you to hold your breath at different times. This process will only take a few minutes.
After the exam is complete the technologist will go over any post CT instructions. The CT will be sent to a Radiologist who reads the exam and sends us a final report. You will be given the results of the CT by our office.
CT’s are usually very fast and painless.
Some CT’s are performed using contrast or “x-ray dye”. If you are going to have contrast with your exam the technologist will put an IV in your arm to give the dye. This will give you a prick feeling from the needle.
When the contrast is injected during your scan you may feel a warm sensation almost like you have to go to the bathroom. This is normal and will subside quickly.
A radiologist from Lincoln Radiology Group will read your CT.
If you are pregnant or think you may be please notify the technologist prior to having your CT.
If you are allergic to contrast or “x-ray dye” please notify us prior to your CT.
You will receive 2 separate bills for your CT; one from our office for performing the scan and one from Lincoln Radiology for interpreting the results.
Radiologist and Technologist have been trained to use the least amount of radiation possible to perform the exam and obtain the results. The benefit from the exam usually outweighs any potential risk from the radiation exposure