CT / CTA
Computed tomography scanning, also sometimes called CAT or CT scanning, is a safe and painless exam that uses x-ray technology to obtain detailed cross-sectional images of a person's body. Flagler Imaging's computed tomography scanner offers a 16 slice superior quality image for diagnosis and assessment of multiple conditions. It can also perform CT angiography (CTA) procedures that use x-rays to visualize blood flow in arteries and veins throughout the body without the need for an angiogram. CTA is a much less invasive and more patient-friendly procedure because contrasting material is injected into the peripheral vein (through an IV) rather than into an artery. This procedure can be used to screen for arterial disease.
How do I prepare for my CT scan?
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure. You may be instructed to pick up contrast (chalky liquid) before your procedure. Special instructions will be given to you on that day for drinking the barium.
Metal objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins may affect the CT images and should be left at home or removed prior to your exam. You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental work. Please download and fill out the
RADIOLOGY PATIENT QUESTIONNAIRE AND THE
HOME MEDICATION LIST and bring them with you to your appointment, or be prepared to fill these out upon your arrival at the Imaging Center.
You should inform your physician if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.
What will I experience before and during my scan?
During a CT scan you lie on a cushioned table that moves in and out of the center of the scanner. You may be asked to hold your breath during the scanning. The CT scan takes any where from 10 minutes to 30 minutes to complete. Contrast material may be used, depending on the type of exam.
You will be alone in the exam room during the CT scan, however, the technologist will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times.
After a CT exam, you can return to your normal activities. If you received contrast material, you may be given special instructions.
WHAT ABOUT THE RESULTS?
A Radiologist, a physician with expertise in supervising and interpreting radiology examinations, will view the images and send a report to your physician, who will discuss the results with you.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL THE APPOINTMENT?
Be sure to contact us at (904) 819-4707 or (904) 819-4720 if, for any reason, you cannot keep your appointment. We will help you reschedule to a more convenient time.