CT & Xray
Computed Tomography, combines X-ray technology and computers, allowing physicians the ability to view “slices” of internal anatomy without the need for surgery.
Your doctor may recommend a Computed Tomography (CT or “CAT” scan) scan at Woodburn Diagnostic Imaging, or Legacy Silverton Medical Center. The following information will help prepare you for your examination and put your mind at ease.
- CT Angiography
- Extremities (all)
- IAC/Posterior Fossa
- Orbits Pelvis/SI Joint
- Pulmonary Embolus
- Scanogram (Leg Length Measurement)
- Soft Tissue Neck
- Spine (Cervical Lumbar Thoracic)
Before Your CT Scan
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. It's helpful to bring previous imaging study results (MRI, CT, x-rays) such as reports, films or CDs, if available.
You may be asked to avoid food or liquids for one or more hours before the procedure. Pregnant women should avoid this procedure, particularly during the first trimester. Please inform your doctor beforehand if you have any allergies, especially an allergy to iodine-based products or shellfish.
We will call you prior to your appointment to provide specific instructions.
What to Expect
The CT scanner looks like a large doughnut shaped device with a padded table attached to it. Depending on the exam a solution called “contrast” may be administered, usually with an IV, to help improve the accuracy of the procedure.
You will be asked to minimize any body movement during the scan.You may hear a humming noise and notice a slight vibration or movement of the table. Your entire exam, including preperation and screening, will take approximately 15-45 minutes.
After Your CT Scan
Your CT scan will be read by our team of expert radiologists. A final report will be sent to your doctor, who can then discuss the results with you in detail.