Computed Tomography (CT), or CAT scan, is a sophisticated x-ray imaging system that scans the body and reconstructs images creating thin “slices” of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or transferred to a CD. A major advantage of CT is its ability to image bone, soft tissue and blood vessels all at the same time with greater clarity and more detail than regular x-ray exams.
Our CT Scanner is accredited by the ACR (American College of Radiology), and participates with “Image Gently.”
When you choose an ACR-accredited facility, you know:
- Your hospital, clinic or health center has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure it meets nationally-accepted standards.
- The personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret your medical images.
- The equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
- Temporal Bones
- Soft Tissue Neck
- Spine – Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar
- CTA Angiography
Generally, each study has different preparations. The scheduling staff should inform you of your preparation. Download a printable version of our CT preparation form.
Some studies you may have to drink oral contrast and wait 1 – 2 hours before scanning. It is possible to pick up the oral contrast beforehand so that your wait in the Imaging Department is limited. Just ask the scheduling personnel to arrange this.
Some studies require an injection of contrast media through the vein in your arm. If you are over age 60 and/or diabetic you will need blood work (BUN, Creatine). Previous blood work can be accepted as long as it is within 30 days of your CT. If blood work is needed, your provider can order and send the results to the Imaging Department. The blood work should be done at least the day before your CT, so the results are in the Imaging Department to expedite your exam.
A CT Consent Form also has to be signed before an injection of contrast. Please print it out and bring it with you to your appointment.
Patients who are diabetic and take Glucophage (Metformin) should read our printable instructions.
If you are taking Glucophage (Metformin) and are having a contrast injection for an Imaging study, you need to make some changes for 2 days. Glucophage patients may experience a very rare reaction to x-ray contrast medication (dye). The likelihood of experiencing this reaction may be decreased by stopping Glucophage for 48 hours after contrast injection. You may take your pill the morning of the x-ray injection. (If you have decreased kidney function, you should stop taking Glucophage the day before your x-ray visit.)
You may return to your usual dose after skipping 2 days. It is recommended by the manufacturer of Glucophage that you not resume using the medications until a blood test has shown that there has been no change in your kidney function. Please contact your doctor to arrange this test. You will have to make some arrangements for controlling your diabetes for the 48 hours after your x-ray. Often this can be done with dietary control. Please discuss this with your referring doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner
In order to have a CT exam, a prescription from your provider/physician is required.
Most insurances require pre-authorization for outpatient studies before the test can be done. Your doctor can obtain this for you.
If you have any questions concerning your CT, please feel free to ask your doctor or members of the Imaging staff.
Hours of Operation
Outpatients: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Emergency Exams: Available at all times
Phone: (716) 592-8169
Fax: (716) 592-8117