Computed Tomography

Computed Tomography, more commonly called CT or CAT scanning, is the process of creating an x-ray image of a thin cross section of the body. CT uses advanced technology to painlessly see inside the human body without surgery. CT provides highly detailed images that are interpreted by our Radiologists to aid in diagnosis and treatment for our patients.

The CT scanner at CMC is state-of-the-art technology that is used to image all areas of the body, as well as many specialized studies including CT Cardiac (the study of the heart and its vessels) and CT angiography (the study of certain vessels throughout the body).

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my exam take?
Generally between 5-20 min for most tests.

What do I do to prepare for my test?
The type of prep is different for each exam. You will be given instructions prior to your exam. If you are having a CT of your abdomen or pelvis you may be given oral contrast to drink before your exam.

How will the test be performed/how will it feel?
You will be asked to lie on a table that will move into the center of the scanner to take your pictures. The process is painless. If contrast dye is to be administered, an IV will be placed in a vein of the arm. The contrast will make you feel warm. IV contrast aids in the evaluation of vessels and can improve the detection of tumors. If you are allergic to Iodine please notify your physician prior to testing.

CT is an x-ray exam. If there is any chance that you are pregnant, please inform your physician before your scheduled exam.

How long will it take for results?
Your ordering physician will have the results of your test within 24hrs.