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CT - CTA

CT

Computed Tomography (CT)

Using a small amount of radiation, a special x-ray machine, and high-tech computers, CT scans take multiple images of internal organs, soft tissue, and other body parts. The CT images have greater detail and clarity than a regular x-ray. CT exams are used in diagnosing and evaluating different cancers and diseases.

 

The CT machine is a large, circular scanner with a hole in the middle. A moveable table is situated in the middle of the hole which allows the patient to have the precise body part scanned. The x-ray tube and electronic x-ray detectors are located in the ring that is around the patient. The ring moves around the body part being examined and takes multiple pictures in a spiral motion. These thin-sliced images appear on a computer screen that is located outside the scanning room. The CT exam is quick and painless.

 

The images are then read by our radiologist and a report is sent to your doctor in a timely manner.

 

Resource:
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CTA

Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)

Using a small amount of radiation, a special x-ray machine, and high-technologist computers, CTA scans are used in examining the blood flow in key blood vessels and arteries in the body. The CTA exams are used in diagnosing and evaluating obstructions or enlargements in the blood vessels and arteries that could be dangerous to the patient.

 

The CTA machine is a large, circular scanner with a hole in the middle. A moveable table is situated in the middle of the hole which allows the patient to have the precise body part scanned. The x-ray tube and electronic x-ray detectors are located in the ring that is around the patient. The ring moves around the body part being examined and takes multiple pictures in a spiral motion. These thin-sliced images appear on a computer screen that is located outside the scanning room.

 

The CTA exam is quick and painless.

 

The images are read by our radiologist and a report is sent to your doctor in a timely manner.

 

Resource:
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FAQs

CT and CTA FAQs

Why do I need to drink contrast?

The oral contrast fills the colon for better visualization on the images.

 

Why do I need the IV contrast?

The IV contrast enhances all of the vascular structures on the images (i.e. liver, pancreas, kidneys). It will also characterize potential pathology.

 

Could I have a reaction to the IV contrast?

Yes, but the chances are minimal. It has the same risk for reaction as any medication does, which is why we use contrast screening forms—to flag possible patients who are at risk for having a reaction to the contrast.

 

Why is a head CT done most frequently without IV?

Most pathology can be detected in the brain without IV contrast. If there is suspicion, contrast may be given or an MRI might be suggested for further evaluation.

 

How long is this exam going to take?

Depending on the anatomy being scanned, a CT can take from 5 minutes to 20 minutes.

 

Is it ok that I take medication(s) the morning of the exam?

Yes. Any type of medication is fine to take the morning of your exam. If you take a certain kind of diabetic medication, you may be asked to withhold for 48 hours after the exam.

 

What is this test going to show?

A CT scan is a good way to image and evaluate bones, internal organs, the brain and vascular structures within the neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

CT Prep

Patient Preparation for CT Scans

CT Head without contrast - 70450

No preparation is required.

 

CT Head with and without contrast - 70470

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Orbits without contrast - 70480

No preparation is required.

 

CT Orbits with contrast - 70481

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Orbits with and without contrast - 70482

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Sinus without contrast - 70486

No preparation is required.

 

CT Sinus with contrast - 70487

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

CT Sinus with and without contrast - 70488

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT TMJ without contrast - 70486

No preparation is required.

 

CT Neck without contrast - 70490

No preparation is required.

 

CT Neck with and without contrast - 70492

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Chest without contrast - 71250

No preparation is required.

 

CT Chest with contrast - 71260

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Chest with and without contrast - 71270

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Abdomen without contrast - 74150

You may not eat anything or drink 6 hours prior to scan. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT Abdomen with contrast - 74160

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only). Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT Abdomen with and without contrast - 74170

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only). Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT Abdomen and Pelvis without contrast - 74176

You may not eat anything or drink 6 hours prior to scan. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT Abdomen and Pelvis with contrast - 74177

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only). Please drink 1 bottle of Redi-Cat oral contrast 2 hours prior to your exam. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink an additional 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT Abdomen and Pelvis with and without contrast - 74178

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only). Please drink 1 bottle of Redi-Cat oral contrast 2 hours prior to your exam. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink an additional 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT Pelvis without contrast - 72192

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only). Please drink 1 bottle of Redi-Cat oral contrast 2 hours prior to your exam. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink an additional 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT Pelvis with contrast - 72193

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only). Please drink 1 bottle of Redi-Cat oral contrast 2 hours prior to your exam. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink an additional 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT Pelvis with and without contrast - 72194

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only). Please drink 1 bottle of Redi-Cat oral contrast 2 hours prior to your exam. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink an additional 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT CAP (Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis) without contrast - 71250CAP

No preparation is required.

CT CAP (Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis) with contrast - 71260CAP

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only). Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

 

CT CAP (Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis) with and without contrast - 71270CAP

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only). Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to drink 1 cup of Redi-Cat oral contrast.

CT Urogram with and without contrast - 74178

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Spine without contrast – 72125; 72128; 721231

No preparation is required.

 

CT Spine with contrast – 72126; 72129; 72132

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Spine with and without contrast – 72127; 72130; 72133

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Upper Extremity without contrast – 73200

No preparation is required.

 

CT Upper Extremity with contrast – 73201

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Upper Extremity with and without contrast – 73202

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Lower Extremity without contrast – 73700

No preparation is required.

 

CT Lower Extremity with contrast – 73701

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

 

CT Lower Extremity with and without contrast – 73702

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. You may not eat anything 6 hours prior to scan, but you must be well hydrated (water only).

CTA Prep

Patient Preparation for CTA Scans

CTA Head with and without contrast - 70496

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. Nothing to eat 4 - 6 hours prior to scan, but must be well hydrated (water only). *This study is preformed with IV only, no oral contrast is administered.

 

CTA Neck with and without contrast - 70498

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. Nothing to eat 4 - 6 hours prior to scan, but must be well hydrated (water only). *This study is preformed with IV contrast only, no oral contrast is administered.

 

CTA Chest with and without contrast - 71275

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. Nothing to eat 4 - 6 hours prior to scan, but must be well hydrated (water only). *This study is preformed with IV contrast only, no oral contrast is administered.

CTA Abdomen with and without contrast - 74175

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. Nothing to eat 4 - 6 hours prior to scan, but must be well hydrated (water only). *This study is preformed with IV contrast only, no oral contrast is administered.

 

CTA Pelvis with and without contrast - 772191

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. Nothing to eat 4 - 6 hours prior to scan, but must be well hydrated (water only). *This study is preformed with IV contrast only, no oral contrast is administered.

CTA Upper Extremity with and without contrast - 73206

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. Nothing to eat 4 - 6 hours prior to scan, but must be well hydrated (water only). *This study is preformed with IV contrast only, no oral contrast is administered.

 

CTA Lower Extremity with and without contrast - 73706

Please inform the scheduler and technologist if you have any allergies to iodine or shellfish. If you are 55 years of age or older, diabetic, or have/had renal disease, your doctor must order a lab test to be done no more than 30 days prior to the scan. Nothing to eat 4 - 6 hours prior to scan, but must be well hydrated (water only). *This study is preformed with IV contrast only, no oral contrast is administered.

 
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