Our 16 Slice GE Brightspeed Elite scanner allows for reduced radiation doses and minimal wait times. Our CT Technologist is registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists who undergoes continued education to update knowledge and skills with any and all new developments in CT imaging. Our radiologists are licensed by the American Board of Radiology and the State of Alabama.
Our CT scanner undergoes annual physics testing to ensure optimum machine operation and superior image quality. It's also accredited by the American Collage of Radiology and Care Core accredited by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
You can be assured your health and care is in the hands of experts who will work with your schedule and ensure reports within 24 hours or less in most cases.
What is Computed Tomography (CT)?
Computed Tomography (CT) is a rapid, painless, diagnostic examination that combines x-rays and computers.
How does CT scan work?
Multiple low-dose x-rays are taken in sequence by a rotating x-ray tube. The patient is asked to lie still on a table for approximately 5-15 minutes (depending on the type of exam). The table will move the patient through the donut shaped machine, which directs a series of x-rays through the body to produce images which are cross-sections or "slices" of the body, much like slices of a loaf of bread.
What is Contrast?
Some CT scans require contrast to enhance the pictures of your body. If necessary, you will receive special instructions from us regarding the contrast agent, which is orally administered before the exam and AND/OR delivered through an IV, started by the technologist, during the exam. CT contrast given through an IV may make you feel flushed or warm. It may also give you a metallic taste in your mouth. Some patients have some nausea, and we therefore recommend not eating for four hours prior to your exam.
A simple blood test will be performed to ensure that your body can safely process contrast medium often used during a CT Scan examination.
**Nursing mothers should wait 24 hours after receiving contrast before resuming breast feeding.
Are there any contraindications to a CT scan?
If you are or think you are pregnant, please consult with your doctor, due to the potential radiation exposure to the fetus.
Instructions for CT Scan With Contrast
Clear liquids ONLY for a minimum of 4 hours prior to exam.
Metal objects in the abdominal and pelvic area, including jewelry and suspenders, may affect the CT images and should be left at home or removed prior to the exam. Bring a list of all current medications/allergies.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing (without a zipper, snaps, suspenders or belt if at all possible) to appointment.
If you are scheduled for a CT Scan with IV contrast and are on any of the following medications, please discontinue use until 48 after your procedure. Please contact your primary care physician, or prescribing physician, for instructions about a possible blood test before resuming these medications.
- Actoplus Met