CT SCAN

Burnett Medical Center's Diagnostic Imaging department accepts orders from providers at our facility or outside providers and specialists. We provide fully digital, state-of-the-art imaging services for your diagnosis and treatment. Computed Tomography scans, commonly referred to as a CT scan, is one of those services offered at BMC.

What is a CT Scan?

Medical Professionals use computed tomography, or CT Scan, to examine structures inside your body. A CT scan uses X-ray and computers to produce thin slices of your bones, muscles, organs, and blood vessels that can be manipulated into a 3D image to help providers diagnose your body in great detail.

What is a CT Scan Used for?

A CT scan may be recommended for you in order to:

  • Locate internal injuries, bleeding or lesions
  • Identify head injuries, tumors, clots, hemorrhage or other conditions
  • Diagnose muscle or bone disorders, including tumors or fractures
  • Identify the location of an infection, blood clot or tumor
  • Screen for lung cancer
  • Detect or monitor health conditions, including cancer, heart disease or lung nodules
  • Monitor the effectiveness of treatments, such as cancer treatments

How to Prepare for a CT Scan

You will be asked to provide information to the technologist prior to your exam. This information will include:

  • Current medications
  • Possibility of pregnancy(due to use of radiation)
  • Medication allergies
  • Some exams may require a renal function test
  • You could be asked to remove metal objects such as jewelry, belts, metal snaps or buttons, eyeglasses, or hearing aids if there’s potential for it to be in the area being imaged.

How to Prepare for a CT Scan

You will be asked to provide information to the technologist prior to your exam. This information will include:

  • Current medications
  • Possibility of pregnancy(due to use of radiation)
  • Medication allergies
  • Some exams may require a renal function test
  • You could be asked to remove metal objects such as jewelry, belts, metal snaps or buttons, eyeglasses, or hearing aids if there’s potential for it to be in the area being imaged.

What to Expect During a CT Scan

CT scans are done in a quiet private room during your scheduled appointment at BMC. They last only a few minutes. You will lie down on a motorized table that will slide into the opening of a large “donut” that is open on both sides. A Velcro strap may be placed over you or pillows may be used to keep you comfortable and safe during your scan. When indicated, use of an IV contrast material could be necessary for your exam. Contrast helps demonstrate blood vessels and differentiate tissues and organs in the body.

What to Expect After a CT Scan

There will be no side effects after your CT scan. You can resume all normal activities. A Radiologist (A specialist that reads diagnostic imaging) will interpret your exam and send results to your ordering provider.

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