CT/CAT Scan

A Computed Tomography (CT/CAT scan) may be used for sinus infection, headaches, chest pain, lung mass, abdominal pain, liver mass, kidney stones, pelvic pain or mass. 

Advanced Technology Options

Throughout our hospitals, a full line of CT applications is offered (including neuro/brain/spine, full body, pulmonary, orthopedic, interventional, angiography). 3D imaging is completed on state-of-the-art post-processing workstations and images are stored in the Community Health Network PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System).

Community Hospital North - We offer two state-of-the-art 128-slice CT scanners, one with fluoroscopy capabilities that provides detailed real-time imaging during biopsies and drainages.

Community Heart and Vascular Hospital - We offer a state-of-the-art 256-slice CT scanner that offers a full line of applications, including cardiovascular angiography, body, pulmonary, vascular and angiography. 3D imaging is completed on state of the art post processing workstation. We perform high-quality coronary exams inclusive of calcium scores, coronary arteries, heart function, TAVR and genetic anomalies.

For Patients

A CT/CAT (computed tomography) scan provides multiple views of internal organs and tissue by combining x-ray and computer technology. This scan can show your physician different body angles, and shows different types of body tissue.

You may be asked not to eat or drink anything prior to the test.

Patients must lie on a table that moves through a large round cylinder.

Contrast material is used with this test. You may be asked to swallow water or contrast material, or it may be injected, depending on type of scan.

You may be asked to put on a robe that will be provided to you by our center.

The test takes between 10 and 30 minutes. You will need to lie still for that length of time, but the test is not painful for most patients.

A radiologist will read and interpret the results of your scan and send a report to your physician. Your physician will share the results with you in a few days.

If you are scheduled for a CT scan with IV contrast, you must have only clear liquid beginning four hours prior to your appointment. After your appointment, please drink plenty of fluids.

If you are scheduled for a CT scan of the pelvis or abdomen, please visit Community Imaging Centers at least one day before your appointment. You will receive two bottles of oral contrast (barium) and instructions on when to take them.