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More About CT

What is CT?

CT or Computerized Tomography (“CT” or “Cat Scan”) is a rapid, painless diagnostic examination that combines x-rays and computers to construct pictures or images of the tissues in your body. A CT scan allows the radiologist to see the location, nature and extent of many different diseases or abnormalities inside your body. CT scanning can be used to obtain information about almost any body organ, blood vessels, the abdominal cavity, bones and the spinal cord.

Our center has installed a multi-slice Hitachi CT scanner which generates detailed data quickly and accurately.

What will happen during the CT Exam?

The CT scan itself is non-invasive and painless. You may be asked to change into a gown and then asked to lie on a cushioned table. After being positioned properly and comfortably, the test will begin. You may be asked to hold your breath in order to obtain the best images possible. In as soon as 10 minutes your test will be complete and you will be finished or re-positioned for another area if applicable.

Some CT studies require a contrast material to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels. In this instance, you are given an I.V. in your hand or arm. Once the contrast is injected, you may feel a warm, flushed sensation, and experience a metallic taste in your mouth that lasts for about two minutes.

In other cases, you will receive special instructions if your exam requires you to consume oral contrast agent (barium sulphate) in advance.

Depending on the type of exam, your CT scan can take anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes.

What about the Results?

Our radiologists, who are board certified in radiology, will review your images. The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor. Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care, and talk with you about the results.

What if I have to cancel my appointment?

Be sure to contact the staff at Diagnostic Imaging Center of Terrebonne at 985-274-0550 if, for any reason you cannot keep your appointment. We will help you reschedule a more convenient time. In any event, we need to know in advance if you cannot come at your scheduled time.