Meet Tamela, Tucson business owner
Running your own business doesn’t allow for sick days, but Tamela, a Tucson business owner, was in constant abdominal pain and it was getting worse by the day. Her physician referred her to Radiology Ltd. for a CT scan of her abdomen to search for the cause. The CT scan showed immediately that she had severe diverticulitis. Tamela has since changed her diet and takes special medications and precautions to prevent flare-ups. “When you hurt, don’t suffer,” says Tamela. “Go see your doctor!”
CT scans (also known as CAT scans) use X-ray pictures taken from multiple different angles around the body to create cross-sectional images that appear as “slices” of the body and organs.
You will be asked not to eat for 2 hours prior to the procedure. If your exam requires you to drink barium, please follow the provided instructions.
After you arrive for your appointment, you will be escorted to a procedure room, where you will be asked to change into a patient gown. You should remove all jewelry and other removable items such as glasses, dentures, and hearing aids. Women should always inform their technologist if there is any possibility of pregnancy.
During the exam you will lie on a table that moves into the doughnut-shaped scanner. Your technologist will watch you through an observation window and will be able to communicate with you at all times. CT scans are non-invasive and painless, though you will hear humming, buzzing, or clicking sounds as the CT machine moves to position you. It is very important to follow all instructions and remain still during scanning in order to obtain clear images.
Some CT exams require injection of a contrast agent that allows the radiologist to see certain organs and abnormalities more clearly. The CT contrast agent is an iodine-based material that is injected through an intravenous line. Radiology Ltd. uses only non-ionic contrast agents (the safest kind), but with all contrast agents there is always the potential for allergic reaction. Be sure to tell your technologist if you have experienced a reaction to CT contrast in the past.
On occasion we receive requests for the ingredient list for the contrast agents we use for our exams. The links below will open up the ingredient lists for each contrast. If you would like more information regarding contrast agents, we recommend you visit the manufacture website for more detailed information.
After the scan has been completed, you will be able to return to your normal activities and your usual diet unless otherwise instructed. To help eliminate contrast agents from the body, it is best to drink plenty of fluids following the exam.
For your safety and the protection of others, we do not allow anybody except patients in our exam rooms.
After your study, the images will be evaluated by one of our board-certified radiologists with expertise in CT imaging. A final report will be sent to your doctor or healthcare provider, who can then discuss the results with you in detail.