A CT scan – also called computerized tomography or just CT – has become critical in diagnosing many medical abnormalities. Lourdes' Dual Source CT scanner is the first and only of its kind in the region because patients get less radiation doses with more accurate images. Accredited by the American College of Radiology, this innovative and sophisticated imaging technology features dual sources which capture x-rays from 64 perspectives in a single rotation around the patient. CT scans have become highly utilized in diagnosing medical diseases and may be used to examine the head to check for bleeding, tumors, blood clots, signs of stroke, growths and whether or not it is solid or fluid-filled, and determines an organ's size and shape.
The powerful device can scan a patient’s entire chest with a breath hold of 10 seconds or less. The technology has led to advances in the fields of gastroenterology, nephrology, pediatrics and bariatric surgery. Our investment in this innovative technology serves as shining example of Lourdes’ commitment to superior care through technology.
Preparing for your CT scan
There is a standard operating procedure whenever a CT scan is ordered. Central Scheduling or your physician will instruct you on how to prepare for your exam. You will be asked the following questions:
- Is there a possibility that you might be pregnant? If so, your healthcare provider will help you weigh the benefit and risks of having the procedure.
- What is your medical history, and general health?
For some abdominal and pelvic exams, you will be required to drink a lemonade-like mixture to prepare you for the scan. Central Scheduling will provide this for you, if required.
During your examination
Examinations can take 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the part of the body being examined and whether or not a contrast agent is being used.
- For a head scan, you will be asked to remove eyeglasses, dentures, jewelry, and barrettes or hairpins because metal can interfere with imaging.
- For a body scan, you will be asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing without zippers or metal buttons.
- The CT technologist will not be in the room during the scan, but will be able to see you, and you will be able to communicate through an intercom system.
- The exam table will move slightly to reposition you for each scan, but it moves so slowly that you might not even notice.
- The technologist will tell you when each scan sequence is beginning and how long it will last. For certain scans you may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds.
Even the slightest movement can blur the image, so it is important that you remain still.
After your examination
Our board certified radiologist will interpret your exam, and your report will be sent to your physician no later than the next business day. Generally, you can resume your normal activities at once. In some cases, when a contrast agent has been used, the doctor may provide you with specific after-care instructions.
To schedule a CT scan, call Central Scheduling at 270-444-2121 or contact your physician. For more information, call us at 270-444-2177.