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CT (Computer Tomography) Scan

CT (Computer Tomography) Scan

Pediatric Imaging - CT Scan

What is a CT Scan?

A CT scan can also be called a CAT scan.  It uses X-rays to take pictures inside of a patient's body.  The CT scanner is a large camera that looks like a doughnut.  There is a table that moves into the scanner while it is taking pictures.  The scanner does not touch or hurt the patient. 

It is very important for the patient to hold still while the scanner is taking pictures.  Most CT scans are about 10-15 minutes in length. In some cases, the use of anesthesia or sedation will be requested. 

For some scans, the Radiologist or ordering Physician request the use of contrast.  The two most common types of contrast are given orally or by an IV.  If an IV is required for contrast, there may be minimal pain during the IV insertion.  IV contrast is given to enhance the pictures.  LMX cream can be applied at the start of the exam if desired.  The LMX cream numbs the skin so that your child cannot feel the IV poke. 

When you Arrive

The Radiology staff will need to know the following:

  • Patient allergies
  • The last time the patient ate and drank
  • If the patient has diabetes
  • If the patient has had any other Radiology procedures lately
  • If the patient has a history of kidney problems
  • If there is a chance of pregnancy for anyone entering the scan room 

After the Scan

The results of the test will be faxed or called to the ordering Physician. 



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