Greenville and Washington County CT Scanning

Computerized Tomography

Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning is an imaging technique that uses X-rays and computers to create clear images of the body’s internal structures. Unlike conventional X-rays, CT scanning does not create overlapping images. That means that it can create images of organs and bones without other structures getting in the way. For example, if your doctor needed an image of the lugs and took an X-ray, the image would be obscured by the rib. In CT scanning, however, a clear picture of the lungs behind the rib cage can be obtained.

CT scans are frequently used to examine or diagnose:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Joint damage
  • Bone fractures
  • TumorsComputerized tomography ACR American college of radiology accredited facility
  • Blood clots
  • Cancer
  • Organ damage
  • Calcium in arteries
  • Herniated discs
  • Enlarged lymph nodes

What to Expect During a Scan

CT scans are relatively quick and completely painless imaging exams. A typical scan takes between 15 and 30 minutes, making them ideal for emergency situations. During the exam, you will lie on a table that passes through the scanner. The scanner is a ring-shaped device that rotates around the body as the table passes through it. Unlike an MRI, the CT scanner is thin and does not typically cause anxiety for patients with claustrophobia.

A physician will be monitoring your exam from another room. You will be able to speak with them using an intercom in or near the CT scanner. You will need to stay very still during the exam and hold your breath periodically. You may also be asked to shift your position so the device can capture images from different angles.

When the exam is over you can go home and resume normal activities right way. There should be no significant side effects from the exam.