Computed Tomography, or CT

Computed tomography (CT) is a medical imaging method employing tomography created by computer processing.

Digital geometry processing is used to generate a three-dimensional image of the inside of the body from a large series of two-dimensional X-ray images taken around a single axis of rotation.
CT produces a volume of data which can be manipulated, through a process known as “windowing”, in order to demonstrate various bodily structures based on their ability to block the X-ray/Röntgen beam. Although historically the images generated were in the axial or transverse plane, orthogonal to the long axis of the body, modern scanners allow this volume of data to be reformatted in various planes or even as volumetric (3D) representations of structures such as the image of the bones and blood vessles of the neck region to the right.CT of the neck

The LightSpeed CT System is a whole body, multi-slice helical computed tomography scanner capable of scan speeds as fast as .5 second full 360-degree rotation scans, while acquiring multiple slices in a single scan rotation. The system is designed to produce optimum image quality with fully simultaneous scan, image reconstruction, filming, archiving, networking, and display. Patient time on the table is minimal, with screenings taking no longer than 10 – 15 minutes to capture.

How to prepare for the exam

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure.

Metal objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins may affect the CT images and should be left at home or removed prior to your exam. You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental work.

You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours beforehand, especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, or “dye,” your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.

Also inform your doctor of any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, and if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an unusual adverse effect.

Women should always inform their physician and the CT technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

After the exam

After a CT exam, you can return to your normal activities. If you received contrast material, you may be given special instructions.