COMPUTERIZED AXIAL TOMOGRAPHY, CATSCAN OR CT SCAN

With a CT Scan, radiation exposure is regulated but not insignificant, especially for children or those who may be pregnant.  A chest CT delivers about 70 times as much radiation as a chest plain x-ray.

YOUR ROLE:
It is important that you discuss prior radiation exposures with the ordering physician so they can help you identify the risks as benefits of the examination.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

All jewelry, metal and zippers etc. must be removed from the examination region, including bras, and pants when those regions are to be imaged.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

 Anyone of child bearing age should have their groin/abdomen shielded by a lead apron unless that region is the focus of the exam.

Expect: A typical x-ray takes 10 minutes from start to finish and the actual radiation exposure last the duration of a standard photograph.

Expect: Upon completion of the exam, you will be thanked and escorted to a changing area if necessary or back to the reception area.

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