CT Scan in San Antonio, TX
Concord Imaging features the GE Lightspeed Plus CT scanner to obtain high
quality CT images in a short amount of time. For certain exams, images
are processed on the GE Advantage Workstation where images can be reconstructed
from different angles and in different planes to highlight the clinical
area of concern.
What Is a CT Scan?
CT Scan sometimes called CAT scanning is a painless and a non-invasive
medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
CT uses a very thin special X-ray beam to produce detailed, cross sectional
views of the area being studied. The images can be examined on a computer
or printed. CT is often the preferred method of diagnosing causes of pain
and many different forms of cancer. CT of the internal organs, bone, blood
vessels and soft tissue provide greater clarity than conventional x-ray exams.
Common Uses of the procedure:
- abscesses in the abdomen
- colitis (inflammation of colon)
- cancers of the colon, liver, pancreas and kidneys
- inflamed colon
- staging for cancer
How Is the Procedure Performed?
You will be lying flat on a table usually on your back, stomach or on your side.
The table will move slowly through the machine as the actual CT scanning
is performed. You may be asked to hold your breath during the exam. The
CT exam is usually completed within 30 minutes.
How To Prepare For a CT?
You should wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing to your exam. You may
be given a gown during the procedure. You may also be asked to remove
any jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins which effect the CT images.
Do not drink or eat anything for several hours beforehand, especially if
contrast material will be used in your exam. Inform your physician if
you are taking medications and if you have any allergies.
What Does the Equipment Look Like?
The CT scanner is a large machine with a hole (tunnel) in the center. A
movable exam table slides into and out of the tunnel. The X-ray tube is
in the center of the machine which rotates around you. The computer that
processes the image information and monitor are located behind windows
in a separate room.
- Facial Bones
- Temporal Bones
- Hematuria Evaluation
- CT IVP
- Cervical Spine
- Thoracic Spine
- Lumbar Spine
CT - Angiography
- Chest CT - P.E.
- Renal Arteries
- Femoral Arteries & Runoff
- Mesenteric Arteries
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