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COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)

Our Centralized Scheduling staff will contact you to schedule your appointment

A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of x-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more detailed information than plain x-rays do.

CT Scans with contrast: If you are 60 years or older, you must have renal function blood work done within 30 days prior to the appointment. If you have had labs at another facility, please have them fax the results to 620-325-8457.

CT PATIENT PREP INSTRUCTIONS

CT ABDOMEN
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before exam. If test requires barium, you will need to arrive 1 hour prior to exam.

An IV may be started so that an Iodine based contrast can be injected. This is used to better visualize the organs.

CT ABDOMEN & PELVIS
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before exam. If test requires barium, you will need to arrive 2 hours prior to exam. An IV may be started so that an Iodine based contrast can be injected. This is used to better visualize the organs.

CT CHEST
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before exam. An IV may be started so that an Iodine based contrast can be injected. This is used to better visualize anatomy in the chest cavity.

CT FACIAL
No preparation needed.

CT HEAD
If ordered with contrast nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before exam. An IV may be started so that an Iodine based contrast can be injected. This is for better visualization of the blood vessels in the head.

CT LUMBAR, THORACIC, or CERVICAL SPINE
No preparation needed.

CT NECK/SOFT TISSUE
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to exam. An IV may be started so that an Iodine based contrast can be injected. This is for better visualization of lymph nodes and blood vessels in the neck.

CT PELVIS
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to exam. If test requires barium, you will need to arrive 2 hours prior to exam. An IV may be started so that an Iodine based contrast can be injected. This is for better visualization of the ureters, pelvic lymph nodes, and the bladder.

CT SINUSES
No preparation needed.

Why should you have a CT Scan?

A CT scan is a painless, non-surgical way for your doctor to see what is going on with your body. It can decrease the need for surgery, can help your doctor to diagnose disease earlier which often results in a better outcome, and can be used to better map the course if surgery is deemed necessary.