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. The scanner is doughnut-shaped and the patient must lie still as the test progresses. CT scans are used to analyze internal structures of the body, like the head or spine, and can help to identify infections, tumors, and even osteoporosis - just to name a few.
Sometimes your physician may request a contrast material (dye) to be used to enhance the scan. If your physician has ordered IV contrast with your CT scan and 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.
Dr. P. Phillips Hospital has two CT scanners, which includes one 16-slice scanner located in the Emergency Department to allow for quick diagnosis.
The CT scan is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week for inpatients and emergencies.