A CT scan is a procedure that generates a series of computerized images that can be used to detect conditions that often do not show up on conventional X-ray images. The fine detail of a CT scan shows a clear picture of soft tissues, internal organs, and bone structures, including: the brain, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and spine
CT at Rhea Medical Center
Rhea Medical Center recently purchased a new 16-slice CT scanner. This CT scanner improves both the speed at which images can be obtained (a chest scan takes just 10-15 seconds) and the quality of images produced. The three-dimensional visualizations of internal organs and structures produced by the CT scanner provide Rhea Medical Center radiologists with the material they need to make accurate readings.
What to Expect
Preparation: Some exams require no special preparation, but in other cases we may ask you to fast for four hours before your test. If youíve been scheduled for a CT scan of the abdomen or pelvis, youíll need to drink a barium mixture at home before your exam.
If you are scheduled for a CT scan of the head or neck, weíll ask you to remove any objects, such as hairpins, jewelry, hearing aids, dentures, or glasses, which might interfere with the X-rays.
The Procedure: During the procedure, you will lie down on a table, which will be positioned in the CT scanner. You may hear noises as the machine takes its images. You will be asked to lie still. The test is painless. Itís best just to relax and rest while it is being performed. Because of Rhea Medical Centerís state-of-the-art equipment, the test will only take a few minutes at the most.