Computed tomography (CT), often referred to as a CAT SCAN, is a noninvasive procedure that uses x-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the body. The CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels provide greater clarity and more details than conventional x-ray images, such as a chest x-Ray. During the test, patients lay on a table as it moves in and out of the doughnut shaped opening and produces a cross-sectional image that represents a “slice” of the person being imaged, like the slices in a loaf of bread. Depending on the exam, the allotted time could be up to 30 minutes. The CT procedure may require that you drink barium or receive an injection, specific Exam Preparations can be reviewed prior to your appointment.
Patients can rest easy in knowing that Cape Radiology Group proudly participates in both the Image Wisely and Image Gently programs. These programs are designed to promote safe imaging and reduce the amount of radiation both adult and pediatric patients receive during imaging. For additional information about these programs, visit www.acr.org.