What is a CT?

A computed tomography (CT) scan is a relatively simple, safe, and completely painless examination that radiologists have performed for many years. The scan produces a series of images and can detect many conditions that do not show up on conventional x-ray. During the scan, sensors detect thin beams of x-rays that pass through the body to produce small cross-sectional images. The computer then analyzes the information and constructs an image on a TV screen. During some CT scans, a contrast (commonly called “dye”) is used to outline blood vessels or highlight organs of the body so that they can be seen more easily.

What is contrast?

Often a CT will be ordered “with contrast”. Contrast is a liquid that is used to better see the organs being examined. The contrast material may be either injected or consumed. Patients may feel warm or flushed for about two minutes after the contrast is injected. Please tell the CT technologist if you are allergic to dye or iodine.

How long does a CT scan take?

Most CT scans take between 15 to 45 minutes.

What can I expect?

You will be asked to lie down on a table as the technologist positions the area to be studied inside the scanner’s doughnut-shaped ring. As the exam begins you will hear humming, buzzing or clicking sounds from the machine. You may be asked to follow simple breathing instructions. You can help assure a successful exam by being very still throughout the duration of the scan.

Why Carolina Forest Imaging Center?

Our CT scanner is the new GE LightSpeed Pro 16; this state-of-the-art scanner will shorten exam times and deliver superior image quality. Shorter exam times results in less radiation exposure for our patients and because the scanner produces digital pictures instead of films, the radiologist may view the images almost instantly. At Carolina Forest Imaging Center we are passionate about the health of every patient. We offer the following to make your imaging experience convenient and comfortable:

  • Easy scheduling, usually same day/next day appointments
  • Comfortable surroundings
  • Highly trained, caring staff