CT, an abbreviation of computerized tomography, is also commonly known as a CAT scan. The high-speed spiral multi-detector volume scanner used at Southwest Imaging allows the highly trained technologist to scan areas of your body.
Using X-rays and a special computer, these volume scans are then "sliced" into images of varying size and thickness (much like slicing a loaf of bread), creating highly detailed, cross-sectional images.
For your scan, you will be asked to lie on a padded table that glides you in and out through a large doughnut-shaped ring. The whole exam usually takes less than 30 minutes.
How do I prepare for my CT?
- Be sure to inform our staff if you are or may be pregnant.
- A CT technologist will explain the procedure to you in detail before the exam and answer any questions during the scan.