Computed Tomography (CT)
Bringing the finer details to the forefront, the CT scan quickly examines any part of the human body to clearly see the extent of internal injuries and trauma. It’s painless, fast, non-invasive, and extremely accurate. Common areas of scanning include the chest, abdomen, and pelvis area. The CT scan is a vital tool in diagnosing disease, planning treatment for surgical, medical, and radiation treatment.
A variety of angles are combined for a full overview of the area of focus, the CT scan takes X-ray images of multiple layers inside the body. A CT scan can depict bone, blood vessels, and soft tissue inside the body. This is significant in identification and proper diagnosis of infection, blood clot, internal bleeding, or disease.
We Have Your Answers
Why do I need the IV contrast?
The IV contrast enhances all of the vascular structures on the images (i.e. liver, pancreas, kidneys). It will also characterize potential pathology.
Could I have a reaction to the IV contrast?
Yes, but the chances are minimal. It has the same risk for reaction as any medication does, which is why we use contrast screening forms—to flag possible patients who are at risk for having a reaction to the contrast.