CT – Computed Tomography
Computed Tomography (CT) scanning is a rapid, painless diagnostic examination that combines X-rays and computers. A CT scan allows the radiologist to see the location, nature, and extent of many different diseases or abnormalities inside your body.
Our computerized CT scanner incorporates all recent advances and is capable of rapid scanning and helical imaging, a combination that allows an examination of the abdomen to be completed in seconds. The high-resolution images this system produces reveal unsurpassed details, and computers allow Hillsborough Radiology radiologists to manipulate and reconstruct images in multiple planes.
Hillsborough Radiology’s CT scanner utilizes state-of-the-art low-dose technology and provides a comfortable, relaxed patient experience, and the highest image quality, while reducing ionizing radiation.
We establish our scanning protocols based on age, weight, body type, and area of interest to reduce radiation doses as low as possible. We practice Image Wisely Adult Imaging and Pediatric Image Gently to maintain high image quality, while minimizing radiation exposure.
What will the exam be like?
You will lie comfortably on the CT exam table. The table will move slowly into the CT scanner. The X-ray tube will move around as it captures images. Depending on the exam, a contrast material may be used to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels. The contrast material may be injected directly into the bloodstream or swallowed. The contrast material will be naturally eliminated within a few hours to a day or two depending on the area examined and the type of contrast material used. A CT scan usually takes 15 to 30 minutes.