CT (CAT Scan)
Computed Tomography is a test that uses x-rays to create clear cross sectional images that provide anatomical views of the body's organs, bones, muscles, fat and blood vessels.
A CT or CAT scan is a non-invasive, painless procedure that makes a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body, taken from different angles.
The CT exam is performed using a special, quiet, open scanner and computer. It provides more highly detailed images of the body's tissues and vessels that cannot be seen on conventional x-rays. Many exams are quick and can be completed in a matter of minutes.
Views the health of tissues and vessels
Diagnose diseases and disorders of the digestive system organs, urinary system, appendix, liver, abdomen, spleen, pancreas and kidneys
Locate or confirm the presence of tumors, identify source of pain, vascular disorders that can lead to stroke and heart attack, and head and neck pain.
CT with contrast might require you to avoid eating for a few hours prior to the scan.
Remove all jewelry
Wear comfortable clothing
Bring signed doctor's order, insurance co-payment and photo identification.
Bring all prior scans or images.
Contact customer service for any requirements for your particular CT scan: 301-441-9696
How Long is the Exam?:
Most CT's take about 10-20 minutes
After the Exam:
You should experience no discomfort and return to daily activities unless otherwise instructed.
You can request films prior to the exam so you can leave with them. The results will be sent to your referring physician, who will contact you.
CT is covered by most insurance companies. Please contact customer service regarding insurance coverage at 301-441-9696.