Computed Tomography (CT), also called a CAT scan, is a medical imaging exam that takes computer assisted x-rays that produces two and three dimensional detailed images of the soft tissues and bones within the body.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Your insurance card and a valid photo i.d.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration.
How should I prepare for my exam?
If your exam requires you to drink oral contrast before your appointment, please follow the instructions given by your healthcare provider. Prep kits are available from your healthcare provider or any Suburban Imaging clinic.
Please let us know if you have any of the following medical conditions:
Pregnancy – known or possible
Previous reactions to iodinated contrast (IVP or CT dye)
Recent chemotherapy (within 30 days)
How long will my exam take?
Most CT exams take 20-30 minutes, to accommodate IV placement (if required for your exam) and patient education.
What happens during my exam?
You will be positioned on a cushioned table that will move slowly through the CT scanner. The scanner will make slight buzzing, clicking and whirling sounds as it captures the images. For the best quality images, you will be asked to remain as still as possible during the exam.
Your exam may require contrast material to be injected through an IV. If so, an IV will be placed in your arm before the scan starts. Images will be taken before and after the contrast material is injected.
What happens after my exam?
Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists. The findings will be sent to your healthcare provider who will then contact you to discuss the results.
You may resume regular activities immediately after your exam. If you received IV contrast material, you will be observed for a short period of time.