CT imaging is a method of obtaining detailed cross sectional images of the internal body structures. It utilizes a very thin X-ray beam along with computers that perform millions of calculations to produce pristine images. CT scans are utilized to visualize organs, bone and tissue. Unlike conventional X-rays, CT scans display the whole body structure that is being imaged.
Most CT procedures are covered by Medicare and private insurance companies, however, we recommend that you contact your insurance provider directly.
If you are having a CT scan of the abdomen or pelvis you will be required to drink a dilute barium product the night before and two hours prior to your imaging exam. This product coats the stomach, small and large bowel. In some imaging procedures you will also receive an injection which highlights the vessels and circulation to the organs. If the procedure does require an injection, you will be asked not to eat anything six hours prior to the exam.
Before your CT scan, the technologist will go over your symptoms and explain the procedure to you. Molecular Imaging utilizes state-of-the-art equipment, including a very fast CT scanner. While you are laying on a padded table with your arms resting above your head, the table will move you in and out of a doughnut-like hole. At this time, you may be asked to hold your breath. If you are receiving an injection, the technologist will inform you when the injection is being administered. The whole scanning process only takes a couple of minutes, which is convenient for the patient.