Low Dose CT Scan

Available in Vineland and Bridgeton

What is a CT Scan?

A CT Scanalso called computerized tomography, is an X-ray technique that produces images of the body that visualize internal structures in cross section rather than the overlapping images typically produced by conventional X-ray exams.

Conventional X-ray exams use a stationary machine to focus beams of radiation on a particular area of the body to produce two-dimensional images on film or a digital detector, much like a photograph. CT scans use a powerful computer and an X-ray unit that rotates around the body. The result is a set of cross-sectional images, like slices, of any part of the body (from the brain to the foot). Contrast agents may be used intravenously or by mouth to see blood vessels, intestines, kidneys or lymph nodes more clearly during a CT.

The new Somatom Perspective 64-slice Multi-Detector CT (MDTC) scanner from Siemens delivers high-quality images with both speed and accuracy, while delivering an ultra low radiation dose, when compared to other scanners.

Preparing for Your Exam
Be sure to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may be asked not to eat or drink anything four hours before the exam, especially if a contrast material is used. You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, or “dye,” your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.

A CT scan may be recommended by a doctor to help:

  • Diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumors and fractures
  • Pinpoint the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot
  • Guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy
  • Detect and monitor diseases such as cancer or heart disease
  • Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding

CT scans can be done even if patients have a pacemaker or an internal cardioverter defibrillator.