WHAT IS CT?
CT stands for Computed Tomography and is a safe, painless, non-invasive examination that produces a series of cross-sectional, computerized images of your body that are useful in detecting many medical conditions that do not appear on traditional X-rays.
The donut shaped CT scanner houses an X-ray tube that moves rapidly around a specific anatomical area sending signals to a computer. The machine is open around you and does not touch you during the test.
During your CT exam, you will be asked to lie very still on a padded table for approximately 20 minutes.
PREPARING FOR A CT
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure.
Metal objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins may affect the CT images and should be left at home or removed prior to your exam. You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental work.
Please bring a list of all medications that you are currently taking and any past X-rays with you.
If there is any chance you may be pregnant or allergic to iodine, please inform the Radiology Department at 903.737.3119.
Our imaging department seeks to provide your physician with the diagnostic tools needed to pinpoint an injury or illness, and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Our experienced staff works together to provide quality medical imaging services in a comfortable and convenient setting.