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Open MRI | 1.5 T Ultra Short High Field MRI | Multi-Slice CT
Echocardiography | Ultrasound | MRI Arthrogram | Bone Density | X-Ray
IRG also offers CT scans, one of the most advanced diagnostic procedures available today. A CT scan is as simple as having a chest x-ray and the CT results at IRG are made available quickly to you and your physician.
The CT Advantage
- ”Sub Second,” multi-slice scanner
- Cardiac Gating
- True “Isotropic Imaging”
- Superior 3D and multi planar reconstructed images
- Reduced X-Ray exposure for the patient with automatic exposure control to ensure that only the precise amount of X-Ray needed is applied
Definition: A traditional CT scan is an x-ray procedure that combines many x-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views of the body.
How to prepare:
- Avoid any caffeinated drinks on the day before or the day of your exam. Coffee, tea, energy drinks, or caffeinated sodas.
- Avoid energy or diet pills on the day before or the day of your exam (ask your doctor if you have questions).
- Do not use Viagra or any similar medication on the day before or the day of the exam. It is not compatible with the medications you will receive during the procedure (ask your doctor if you have questions).
- On the day of your exam,do not eat for four hours prior to your scheduled appointment. You may drink water.
- If you are diabetic , ask your physician how to adjust your medications the day of your test. If you think your blood sugar is low, tell the technologist immediately.
- Tell your technologist and your doctor if you are:
- allergic to iodine and/or shellfish or any medications
- undergoing radiation therapy
- over 60 years old or have a history of kidney problems (you may be required to have a blood test to evaluate your kidney function prior to receiving any contrast agent)
What to expect:
- You will change into a hospital gown.
- You will lie on a special scanning table.
- You will lie on the scanner table, and you will be asked to raise your arms over your head for the duration of the exam.
- During the scan, you will feel the table move inside a donut-shaped scanner.
- If your exam requires contrast, you will receive a contrast agent through your IV to help produce the images. It is common to feel a warm sensation as the contrast circulates through your body.
- Once the technologist is sure that all the information is collected, the IV will be removed.
The CT scan takes about 15 minutes.
After the procedure:
- You may continue all normal activities and eat as usual after the test.
- Your physician will discuss the results of your test with you.
A note about CT and risk:
A CT scan is a low risk procedure. Occasionally, patients experience an adverse reaction to the contrast agent. Some patients develop itching or a rash following the injection. These symptoms are usually self-limiting and resolve without further treatment. Antihistamines can be administered if needed for symptomatic relief. Rarely, a more serious allergic reaction, called an anaphylactic reaction, occurs that may result in breathing difficulty. This reaction is potentially life-threatening and would require medications and treatment to reverse the symptoms. CT scanners use x-rays. For your safety, the amount of radiation exposure is kept to a minimum. Because x-rays can harm a developing fetus, however, this procedure is not recommended if you are pregnant.