A CT scan or computed tomography scan is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to obtain detailed internal images of the body noninvasively for diagnostic purposes. The CT scans play a significant role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many types of disease and trauma. The personnel that perform CT scans are called radiographers or radiology technologists.
Common exams for CT are:
CT scans sometimes involve the use of a contrast media either intravenously or orally. Sometimes CT scans uses both contrast. When your provider orders your scan they will inform you of which exam will be performed.
The CT scan is a fast and simple experience for most patients. The typical CT appointment takes approximately 15 minutes. Collecting the images from a full body scan is very fast, and can be completed in as little as 5 minutes. You will be able to return to your normal activities immediately following the scan.