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CT Scan

A CT scan, also known as computerized tomography, combines a series of X-ray views from many different angles to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues in your body. The resulting images can be compared to looking down at single slices of bread from a loaf. CT scans help the radiologist quickly examine patients for muscle and bone disorders, such as fractures or tumors, pinpoint the location of a tumor, infection, or blood clot, detect and monitor diseases such as cancer or heart disease, and detect internal injuries or bleeding. Patients should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for their CT exam. You may need to remove clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined, and you may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.

Sometimes, CT examinations require the use of contrast material. This assists the radiologist in getting a better view of the affected body part. You may be asked to drink contrast material before your procedure and/or receive contrast through an intravenous (IV) line. For your safety, contrast screening may require blood work prior to your scan; this is performed right here at the Imaging Center.

Ohio Valley Imaging Center offers low-dose CT screenings (LDCT) for lung cancer. Patients with a history of smoking, who have no symptoms, should contact their physician to order this screening test. LDCT uses a low dose of radiation, which protects patients while identifying potential early-stage lung cancer. Medicare and other insurance providers may cover the cost of LDCT; please check with your insurance company for specific coverage information.

Please note that if you are pregnant or could be pregnant, you will need to inform your technologist prior to your CT exam.