We know that routine healthcare isn’t always convenient.
A CT scan, also known as a CAT scan, is an imaging system that captures pictures of internal structures, like your organs, that cannot be seen using X-rays. At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we complete all of our CT Scans inside our state-of-the-art Imaging Center. Specialty CT Scans, such as lung cancer screening CTs, are available.
Why do I need a CT scan?
CT scans are commonly used when you have an internal injury or issue that cannot be seen with conventional X-rays, such as muscle disorders, tumors, internal injuries, or blood clots. CT scans are also helpful in guiding procedures such exploratory surgeries or biopsies.
How does a CT scan work?
You will simply lie on a motorized table that moves you through the opening of the scanner, where the device rotates around you as it collects images. You may hear buzzing noises, but there will be a technician in a separate room who can see you and communicate with you via intercom.
After the scan, you can return to your normal day. You may be asked to wait for a few minutes to make sure you are feeling well. If you received an injection of contrast material, your doctor or the technician may recommend that you drink lots of water to help your body flush out the contrast material.
Please contact us to learn more about our CT Scan services.
How to I prepare?
Depending on which part of your body is being scanned, you may be asked to:
- Take off some or all of your clothing and wear a hospital gown
- Remove metal objects, such as a belt, jewelry, dentures and eyeglasses, which might interfere with image results
- Refrain from eating or drinking for a few hours before your scan
On some occasions, a special dye called “contrast material” is necessary to help highlight the parts of your body being scanned by allowing them to show up in a different color on the final images. Contrast material may by given to you by mouth or injection. While this process can be uncomfortable, it is not normally painful and it is minimally invasive. If you are asked to take the oral contrast material, start drinking the oral contrast two hours before your appointment time (1st dose – two hours prior to appointment; 2nd dose- one hour prior to appointment).
How soon will I know the results?
Scans are available immediately but your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results with you.
why get a ct scan at elfp?
Quick & easy
This painless and fast procedure is more likely to detect lung tumors than a routine chest X-ray.
Targets future problems
Our lung cancer screening CT also looks for other issues that could cause severe health problems in the future, providing the opportunity to mitigate the effects before it’s too late.
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