Comanche County Memorial Hospital Cat Scan Department
July 31, 2008 at 2:55 PM CDT - Updated July 26 at 3:15 AM
Comanche County Memorial Hospital offers state of the art imaging of the heart, brain, abdomen, pelvis, as well as all other parts of the body. We feature the Siemens Definition DualEnergy 128 Channel Computed Tomography(CT) scanner.
Computed Tomography of Cat Scan creates an image by using Xrays and computers. Very detailed images are obtained of any part of the body requiring evaluation. Computed tomography angiography or CTA is performed to visualize blood vessels within the body.
When you are scheduled for a CT, your doctor will instruct you on the preparation of the exam. In some cases, you will be asked to be NPO or have nothing to eat or drink for several hours before the test. You may be required to get lab work before the exam, to ensure that you kidneys are working properly. You will be asked to fill out a medical history questionnaire and in some cases, drink barium(a pleasant flavored oral contrast needed to coat the stomach and intestines). It may be also necessary to place an I.V. catheter into a vein to introduce iodinated contrast or "dye" into your system. You will lie down on the CT table and you will pass thru the round opening (looks like a huge donut)-the scan will take several minutes. You will be asked to hold your breath and not to move. At the appropriate time, the contrast or dye will injected into your body, you may feel warm all over and you may get a metal taste in your mouth. When the exam is complete, the images will be transmitted to the radiologists via computer and a report will generated, usually within 48 hours.