CT Scanning

A CT scan (computed tomography) is a type of diagnostic test that uses pulses of x-ray to produce "slices", or detailed pictures, of any area of the body. It is also known as a CAT scan (computed axial tomography). The scanner is doughnut-shaped, and the patient must lie still as the test progresses. Dr. P. Phillips Hospital has two CT scanners: a 16-slice scanner located in the Emergency Department for quick diagnose and the other in the Radiology Department on the 2nd floor.

Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Radiology Department offers a complete range of diagnostic testing:

  • DEXA scan
  • CT (Computed Tomography) Scan
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography)
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • General x-rays

The Radiology Department is open seven days a week at 7:00am to 9:00pm and is located on the 2nd floor of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. The CT scan is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for inpatients and emergencies. For your procedure, please allow approximately 1 hour for the CT scan to be completed.

Special Preparations

  • CT Sinus, Spine or Extremity - There is no special preparation for a CT scan of the sinuses, spine or extremities.
  • CT Chest - If your physician has ordered a CT scan with contrast, please do not eat or drink at least 4 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Medications may be taken with small sips of water.
  • CT Abdomen & Pelvis - Although you cannot eat or drink for at least 4 hours prior to your scheduled appointment, it is important that you drink plenty of fluids the day before your test. You will also be given two bottles of contrast, which you can obtain from Dr. P. Phillips Hospital at least 1 day before the test. Please drink one bottle two hours before the exam; please drink the second bottle one hour before the exam. You will be given another cup to drink when you arrive for the test.


If you physician has ordered IV contrast with you CT scan and if you are 60 years old or older, you must have current lab work (BUN and Creatinine) prior to your appointment. Blood work should be no older than 90 days. Please inform your physician if you are allergic to/or have had a reaction to contrast.

Diabetic patients taking glucophage or glucovance must remain off their medication for 72 hours after your CT scan.

To schedule an appointment please call 321.841.5724.

For more information about Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Radiology, please call 407.351.8519.