Computerized Tomography (CT)
Sterling Regional MedCenter offers state-of-the art CT scanning to help provide your health care provider an accurate diagnosis.
To schedule an appointment please call scheduling at (970) 521-3146.
What is a CT Scan?
CT stands for computerized tomography. It is also known as computerized axial tomography (CAT). It is a special type of X-ray that looks at cross-sections of different parts of the body.
CT scans can detect some conditions that a regular X-ray cannot. CT scans are also relatively safe and painless, as they can often replace exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures.
Sterling Regional MedCenter has a GE LightSpeed CT 16-Slice Scanner.
What are CT scans used for?
Head CT: Regular X-rays can't show the structures of the brain and CT scans can. CT scans can often detect or rule out tumors, blood clots, enlarged ventricles of the brain, and many other brain disorders.
Body CT: CT scans can distinguish between bone, tissue, fat, gas, fluid, and other substances within the body. They can also determine if an organ has a normal size and shape, as well as whether a growth is solid or fluid-filled. They also help to diagnose lung cancer, pancreatic disease, enlarged lymph nodes, kidney problems and anything else in the abdomen and pelvic area.
Preparing for a CT scan
Wear loose, comfortable clothing if you're having your head scanned. For a body scan, you will be asked to change into a gown. Also, if you're having your head scanned, remove all jewelry, hairpins, glasses, and dentures prior to the exam.
You may be told to avoid food for four to six hours prior to your scan if a contrast medium will be used. The contrast is usually given either by mouth, through an IV injection, or both. The contrast highlights certain structures within the body, making them easier to see on the images.
CT scans may take anywhere from a few minutes up to an hour or more, depending on the type of scan and whether or not a contrast medium is needed.
Please bring list of allergies and medications and notify your health care provider of any allergies. Some people are allergic to certain contrast mediums. Let your health care provider know ahead of time if you have any allergies, especially to iodine.
If you are diabetic, are you taking Metformin (Glucophage/Glucovance)? If a patient is on Metformin (Glucophage/Glucovance), the medication should be stopped the morning of the exam and not resumed until the patient has consulted with their family physician. (It is recommended that normal renal function, i.e., normal CR to be documented 48 hours after injection of IV contrast before resuming Glucophage/Glucovance).
Following your scan you may be given a set of post exam instructions dependent upon what exam you had as well as post instructions if you are diabetic.
If you are of child-bearing age and think there is any possibility of pregnancy, it is important that you inform the physician ordering these X-rays and tell the technologist taking your X-rays.