Computed tomography (CT) scan is a diagnostic imaging test that takes a series of X-ray images from different angles around your body.
The technology uses a computer processor to produce slices (cross-sectional images) of your body’s structures, including your blood vessels, soft tissues, and bones.
A CT scan provides more diagnostic information than a traditional X-ray. You may need this type of imaging test if X-rays don’t provide enough details about your injury or illness.
The providers at Spring Hospital may order a CT scan to locate internal injuries after a traumatic event, such as a fall or auto accident. You may also need a CT scan to identify certain diseases to confirm your diagnosis and plan your treatment. You may need a CT scan to identify or monitor:
A CT scan may also be necessary before you undergo surgery.
Spring Hospital offers on-site CT scans for your convenience. They use state-of-the-art technology to create images of your internal structures without the need for incisions or anesthesia.
You can expect to lie on a motorized table that slides your body into the scanning machine. Your Spring Hospital provider ensures you’re comfortable and may offer a pillow or use a strap to keep you in a certain position. You may need to hold your breath at certain times, so the technician can capture clear images.
As the table moves into the scanner, the X-ray tube rotates around your body, snapping images of the nearby structures. During this process, it’s normal to hear noise from the machine. The technician operates the CT scan device from a separate room but is able to hear you if you need assistance.
Following a CT scan, you can resume your usual activities without restrictions. Your Spring Hospital provider reviews your scan results and discusses any additional testing or treatments you need.
If you need a diagnostic CT scan, call the Spring Hospital office to schedule an appointment. For trauma-related injuries, you can visit the emergency room 24/7 on a walk-in basis.