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CT Suite

High Definition CT Scanner

Regional_Medical_CT_Imaging_Photo1The CT suite includes the world’s first and only high-definition CT scanner, the GE Discovery CT750 HD. This state-of-the-art, dual-energy CT scanner provides unprecedented high-definition detail that allows doctors to see internal structures in the human body that are as small as a grain of sand.

Patient Benefits

  • Reduces radiation exposure by up to 50 percent, contributing to lower lifetime radiation exposure
  • High definition images result in more accurate diagnosis

Learn more about the GE Discovery CT750 HD.

LightSpeed VCT Scanner

The GE LightSpeed VCT (Volume Computed Tomography) delivers wide anatomical coverage and high-resolution images at the same time. The advanced coverage speed of this scanner makes it faster than most CT scanners on the market today.

Patient Benefits

  • Accommodates larger patients (up to 500 pounds) with increased comfort
  • Conducts scans more quickly, reducing patient time in the scanner
  • Reduced radiation dose improves patient safety
  • Quality images provide more accurate diagnosis

Learn more about the GE LightSpeed VTC.

What is a Computerized Tomography (CT or CAT) scan?

A Computerized Tomography (CT or CAT) scan is mostly used to examine the head, chest, abdomen, spine and pelvis with a cross-sectional view where the images appear as “slices” of the body. During a CT scan, a thin beam of x-rays circle the body for a detailed 360-degree view.

How to prepare for a CT scan

For a head, chest, abdomen or pelvic scan, you'll need to fast four hours before the exam. Be sure to let the technologist know if you are or might be pregnant.

How the procedure is performed

After the technologist explains the procedure to you, you'll be gently positioned on the scan table and moved into the scanner, which is a small air-conditioned chamber shaped like an upright doughnut. It's important to remain completely still during the exam. The technologist is in constant communication with you and can see you at all times. You'll hear the humming of the scanner and may feel the table move slightly in preparation for the next scan. Most scans take only a few seconds and the entire process takes about 30 minutes.

Some CT scans require the use of a contrast or dye which highlights certain body tissues and structures. For head and chest exams, the contrast is given through an IV. For abdomen or pelvic exams, the contrast is given by mouth and through an IV. If oral contast is needed, you'll be given the dye shortly before the exam.

Radiation safety, contrast agents

The x-rays used in a CT exam involve a small dose of radiation. Oral and/or intravenous contrast agents may be used, depending on the type of exam. These contrast agents are generally safe, but, like all medications, side effects can occur.

A small percentage of patients are allergic to the intravenous agent. Allergic reactions are usually mild (itching, flushing) but occasionally may be severe. If you've had allergic reactions to contrast agents before, or if you have asthma or multiple allergies, you may be at a higher risk for a reaction. Let your doctor know if you have any of these conditions when scheduling your exam so that an alternative, non-allergenic contrast agent may be used. Anyone may receive the alternate agent, but the additional cost may not be covered by your insurance.

Results

Your exam results are sent within two working days to your referring physician who will then contact you about your results.