CT Scan 101
posted by The Live Better Team | October 10, 2017
Computerized tomography (CT) scans help your doctor view internal processes and detect injuries within the body. A CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from various angles, using computer processing to generate cross-sectional images of bones, blood vessels and soft tissues within the body.
Reasons for a CT Scan
What to Expect
A CT scan can be performed either in a hospital or in an outpatient facility. The scans are painless, and the entire procedure takes under 30 minutes in most cases. During the scan, the steps will be as follows:
There is no down time after a CT scan—you can return to normal activity right away. You might receive special instructions if you received a contrast material, and you may be asked to wait a few minutes before leaving to ensure that you feel okay. You’ll be told to drink lots of fluids to help the kidneys remove contrast materials.
Risks and Results
There are a few limited risks of CT scans:
If you’re in need of a CT scan, your doctor will give you recommendations for preparation and answer any questions you may have.
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“CT scan.” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ct-scan/basics/definition/prc-20014610
“CT Scan (CAT Scan, Computerized Axial Tomography).” EMedicineHealth. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/ct_scan/article_em.htm
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.