Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

With computed tomography  (also called CT or CAT scan), the x-ray beam moves in a circle around the body.

This allows for many different views of the same organ or structure, and provides much greater detail. The  information is sent to a computer which interprets the data and displays it in two-dimensional form on a monitor.

CT scans may be done with or without contrast. "Contrast" refers to a substance taken by mouth or injected into an intravenous (IV) line that causes the particular organ or tissue being studied to be seen more clearly.  If your physician schedules a CT scan of the heart or chest and decides to use contrast dye, you may need to be fasting, nothing by mouth, for a period of time prior to the procedure. You will receive instructions about this from your physician or another healthcare professional.


CT Scheduling
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