Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am to 11:00 pm (outpatient booked until 6:30 pm); Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
A computerized tomography (CT) scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce detailed, three-dimensional images. CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity than conventional X-ray exams.
CT scanning is commonly used to diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
Procedures using CT are quick, and can take 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
Preparing for your Exam: Before, During, After
Before Your CT Scan
- Please continue to take any usual medications the day of the exam.
- Do not eat any solid foods for at least three hours before the exam. Drinking clear liquids is acceptable and encouraged.
- Depending on the type of exam, please arrive one to one and a half hours before the scan to allow time for preparation.
During the CT Scan
- You will be asked to lie on an x-ray table once you enter the CT room. This table will move in and out of the CT scanner (a large donut-shaped machine that is open on both ends) while acquiring images of your body. You will be required to lie very still during the scan and may also be asked to follow some specific breathing instructions.
After Your CT Scan
- A radiologist will review the results and discuss them with your doctor. Your doctor will explain the results to you.
Extreme care is taken during any x-ray procedure to ensure the lowest possible dose of radiation without compromising image quality.