What does a CT show?

Computed tomography (CT) is an advanced type of x-ray. It creates detailed images (pictures) of bone and soft tissues such as organs and blood vessels. You can get act done on any part of your body.  It can detect fractures, organ damage, cancer, and even something as small as a blood clot.

Preparation for your test:

  • There is no test preparation. You may eat, drink, and take your medications as you usually would.
  • If you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant, please inform the technologist prior to the CT Scan, as radiation can be harmful to the unborn fetus.
  • Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing without snaps or buttons if possible. You will be asked to remove any metal objects that are located near the area being scanned. This includes jewelry, belts, and underwire bras.

What happens during the test?

  • This test will require you to lay on a table and hold very still so that we make take detailed pictures of the body part being imaged.
  • During the scan, you may be asked to hold your breath.
  • The total time that you will be on the CT table will be around 15 minutes.
  • A registered CT Technologist will be taking your images and is trained to keep the radiation dose as low as possible.

What happens after the test?

  • There are no side effects to this test, and you may resume your normal activities.