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CAT Scan

How should I prepare for the CAT scan?

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.

You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours beforehand, especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies, especially to contrast materials.

Also inform your doctor of any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, and if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an unusual adverse effect.

Women should always inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. See the safety page for more information about pregnancy and x-rays.

If your infant or young child is having a spinal CT, there are measures that can be taken to ensure that the test will not be a cause of anxiety for either the child or parent.

Spine CT

CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

CT imaging uses special computerized x-ray equipment to produce multiple images that provide a cross-sectional view of the inside of the body in the area being studied.

CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity than the conventional x-ray exams.

Using CT, the bony structure of the spinal vertebrae is clearly and accurately shown as are the intervertebral disks and, to some degree, the spinal cord.

What are some common uses of the procedure?

Perhaps the most frequent use of the spinal CT is to detect, or rule out, spinal column damage in patients who have been injured.

CT scanning of the spine is also performed to:

Head CT

What are some common uses of the procedure?

CT scanning of the head is typically used to detect:

CT scanning is also performed to:

Sinus CT

A CT scan of the facial area produces images of a patient’s sinus cavity. The paranasal sinuses are hollow, air-filled spaces located within the bones of the face and surrounding the nasal cavity. They are essentially a system of air channels connecting the nose with the back of the throat. There are four pairs of sinuses, each connected to the nasal cavity by small openings.

CT of the sinuses primarily is used to:

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Have you had any of the following imaging studies done as they pertain to your requested appointment?