Physicians at Christian Hospital will order a CT or CAT scan when they want to see detailed images of a specific part of the body including, bones, muscles, fat, organs and blood vessels. Physicians use the images from the CT scan to help diagnose tumors, investigate bleeding or to check for other internal injuries.
How is a CT Scan Performed?
- When the patient arrives he or she will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry, or other objects that may interfere with the scan.
- The patient will lie on a scan table that slides into a large, circular opening of the scanning machine.
- As the scanner begins to rotate around the patient, X-rays will pass through the body for short amounts of time.
- The X-rays absorbed by the body's tissues will be detected by the scanner and transmitted to the computer.
- The computer will transform the information into an image to be interpreted by the radiologist.
- It is very important that the patient remain very still during the procedure. You may be asked to hold your breath at various times during the procedure.
- The technologist will be watching the patient at all times and will be in constant communication.
For more information or to schedule a CT Scan, call Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us.