CT (Computerized Tomography)

Computed Tomography, also known as CT scan or CAT scan, is an imaging test that assists in diagnosing a range of medical conditions.
CT imaging is very useful because it can show several types of tissue such as lung, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels with great clarity. With this clarity, radiologists can examine the body one narrow slice at a time. This is invaluable in diagnosing cancers, infection, trauma, and muscle or bone disorders.

RMC’s 40-slice CT system brings state-of-the-art technology found in larger cities closer to home, enhancing and expanding our diagnostic services to even more patients. With this advanced technology, radiation exposure is kept at a minimum and automatically adjusts to each patient’s anatomy.

If there is any chance of pregnancy, please tell your healthcare provider or the X-ray technologist.

During the Exam:

Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing without snaps or zippers. Some exams require drinking a contrast liquid drink beforehand. These instructions will be relayed to you depending on the type of CT scan being performed. Another type of contrast material is given by IV (intravenous). If an IV contrast injection is needed, this is given right at the start of the scan. During the CT scan, you will lie on your back and the body part of interest is slowly moved through the gantry (looks like a large donut hole, open at both ends). The X-ray system rotates around the gantry, taking detailed cross-sectional images.

The radiologist studies the images and sends a report to your healthcare provider, who will discuss the results with you.