CT: Computed Tomography or CAT scan


Explanation of Test:
Computed tomography (is a noninvasive procedure that uses x-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the body. The CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels provide greater clarity and more details than conventional x-ray images, such as a chest x-ray. During the test, patients lay on a table as it moves in and out of the doughnut shaped opening and produces a cross-sectional image that represents a "slice" of the person being imaged, like the slices in a loaf of bread. The CT procedure may require that you drink oral contrast or receive an injection of contrast via IV per physician order.

Prep before Exam:
Depending on the exam order from your physician you may be required to be NPO (nothing to eat or drink) after midnight if order with IV contrast.
Lab results are required prior to examination to check kidney function before contrast injection.
The doctor may request on the order for you to have oral contrast to further evaluate your bowel. This requires you to pick up oral contrast from Radiology before your exam. You are to drink it 2 hours before appointment time to allow it fill up the small bowel and colon.

Equipment:
Toshiba Aquilion Prime 160 slice CT
     - Weight Limit up to 450lbs
     - Integrated low dose Reduction

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