C.T. Scan

Computed tomography (CT) of the body uses special x-ray equipment to help detect a variety of diseases and conditions. CT scanning is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate. In emergency cases, it can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.

Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you are pregnant and discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, medications you’re taking, and allergies. You will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for a few hours beforehand. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. These medications must be taken 12 hours prior to your exam. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.

X-Ray

X-rays are taken using ionizing electromagnetic radiation that penetrates the body, impinges on a solid metallic background and results in images that are captured on film.

What to Expect During an X-ray

The area of study will be positioned against a metallic table or wall. You will be asked to hold your breath while the X-ray is taken because movement will create a blurry image.

Patient Preparation for an X-ray:

No patient preparation is needed for this exam. Pregnant women should avoid exposure to X-rays due to the risk of harm to their unborn child.

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