CT Scan / Cat Scan

CT/CAT Scans in South Jersey

Female Technologist Smiling At Female Patient Before A CT Scan

What Is A CT Scan?

A computer tomography (CT) scan is a diagnostic imaging study that utilizes X-rays and computer software to capture cross sectional images of the body. Since their development in the 1970s, CT scans opened the doors for rapid advances in capturing detailed views of the human body. Larchmont Medical Imaging utilizes the latest low-dose CT scan technology to ensure the clearest images are captured with the lowest possible amount of radiation.

What Are The Benefits Of A CT Scan?

CT scans are a non-invasive and advanced form of X-ray. CT scans can be performed very quickly like a traditional X-ray, and they provide clearer views of internal organs that X-rays can’t see. CT scans can evaluate patients for inflammation, infection, malignancy, and traumatic injuries to the internal organs. CT scans are frequently used as an exploratory tool prior to more invasive procedures including biopsies.

  • Abdominal CT Scan – Performed to diagnose the source of unexplainable abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Bone CT Scan – Provides very detailed images of bone structures and joints.
  • Chest CT Scan – Performed to evaluate medical conditions involving the lungs, heart, chest wall, and airways.
  • Enterography CT Scan – Designed to evaluate the intestines for abnormalities such as inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Urogram CT Scan – Designed to assess the anatomy and function of the urological system.

How Do I Prepare For A CT Scan?

A CT scan takes about 10 – 15 minutes to complete. The preparation required for a CT scan largely depends on what part of the body is being studied. For an abdominal CT scan, you may be required to drink contrast material and fast to ensure clear images are captured. Avoid wearing any garments that contain metal objects as metal can obscure the images captured during the study. For certain types of CT scans, it may be required for contrast material to be administered intravenously. Our radiologists and your physician will determine what options are available to you.