CT/CAT Scan (Computed Tomography)
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What is a Computed Tomography (CT/CAT) Scan?
A Computed Tomography (CT) scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce vertical and horizontal images (called slices) of the body.
CTs show detailed images of any part of the body, including bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels.
UR Medicine's Department of Imaging uses low-dose CT scanners, which significantly decrease the level of radiation exposure to the patient while maintaining high image quality.
UR Medicine's Approach
You may receive a call from us to review your medical history to determine that no issues exist preventing you from having a CT scan.
If you believe you may be pregnant, or if you have had a contrast allergy/reaction (i.e., hives, rash, itching, breathing difficulty) while undergoing a previous imaging study, we ask that you call us at least three days ahead of your appointment.
Instructions for the Day of Your Procedure
- Please arrive on time.
- Remove and leave all jewelry and/or metal at home.
- Leave valuables at home.
- Bring your insurance card and photo ID.
- Generally, fasting is required. You will be advised of your fasting requirement at the time of scheduling.
- A parent/guardian should remain in the building when a child (under 19 years) is having an imaging procedure.
- All parents/guardians having an imaging study must be aware that there is no supervision available for children. Please do not have children accompany you to your appointment.
What to Expect
The Day of Your Procedure
- You will be asked to remove all jewelry and metal.
- Some CT scans require drinking an oral contrast. This would occur approximately 30 to 60 minutes prior to your scan.
- Some CT scans involve an injection of contrast. If this type of contrast is needed, an IV will be inserted.
After Your Procedure
- You will be provided with post-procedure instructions.
- Your results will be sent to your referring physician within two business days. Please contact your physician.
- If you have a MyChart account, your results will be posted in 14 days.
What Sets Us Apart?
UR Medicine's Department of Imaging is at the forefront of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging technologies. Radiology is a medical specialty that has become much more than just X-rays, and the name of our department reflects this evolution. Our faculty are nationally recognized authorities in their respective fields.
We bring together education, research, and clinical expertise within a leading academic health sciences environment. UR Medicine's Department of Imaging is able to provide a variety of radiologic services to meet our patients' needs.
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Golisano Children's Hospital
150 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642