CT SCAN

CT scans create images of your body using X-rays, a special scanner and computer. They can be used to identify structure and abnormalities in nearly every part of the body. CT scans are not only quick but accurate.

Unlike standard X-rays, CT scans take pictures of “slices” of the body and allow the radiologist to view the anatomy in various layers rather than one standard flat image. CT scan images can also be combined to create a 3-D image.

A CT scan does expose you to a higher amount of radiation than a singular, standard X-ray. Because of this, CT scans are reserved for incidents where the benefit outweighs the risk and when diagnosis will lead to an improvement in the quality of life. Divine Savior is proud to be one of the only rural medical facilities in Wisconsin to have a 64-slice CT scanner, providing faster, higher quality images with a lower X-ray dose!

Divine Savior Healthcare is also pleased to have invested in ASiR, a cutting-edge technology which offers the patient up to 40 percent less radiation. This exciting new equipment allows our radiologists and technologists to provide improved medical imaging while potentially cutting your dose of radiation nearly in half.

Contrast medium is occasionally used with CT scans. Mild reactions have been reported, such as nausea and itchiness but usually resolve quickly and require no additional care. Rarely, serious side effects have been reported.

Small children may be given a sedative to reduce their movement in order to capture a clear picture. Though the exam is not painful in any way, some children are frightened by the noises that the machine produces. Some find it beneficial to “play doctor” prior to the exam in order to prepare your child, as studies have found that children who are prepared for certain exams experience less distress than children who are unprepared.

You may be asked to remove some clothing or dress in a gown depending on the procedure. We may also request that you refrain from eating or drinking prior to the procedure.

During the CT scan, there will be whirring and clicking noises. While you are laying down flat, the table you are on will move to adjust your body to the required position. What looks like a large circle (called a gantry) will rotate around you as it takes the various “slices” (pictures.)

You will be able to resume your previous activities after the exam. If contrast was used, you may drink additional fluids to help remove the product from your kidneys more quickly.

Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant. Another procedure, such as MRI or ultrasound, may be recommended if imaging is required.

 

 

Medical Imaging Procedures
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PREPARE FOR YOUR PROCEDURE
  • Please don’t have anything to drink after midnight.  You may take necessary medications with a small amount of water.  Diabetic patients may have juice if necessary
  • You will need to arrive 1 hour prior to your appointment time.  You will be drinking two 14 oz. glasses of contrast prep staggered over 1 hour
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Your will be receiving IV contrast for this test.  If you are 45 years of age or older, you will need to have a blood test done prior to your test-test results could take up to 45 minutes. You may also have this blood test done prior to test day-consult with your doctor if this is needed
  • Please don’t have anything to drink after midnight.  You may take necessary medications with a small amount of water.  Diabetic patients may have juice if necessary
  • You will need to arrive 1 ½ hours prior to your appointment time.  You will be drinking three 14 oz. glasses of contrast prep staggered over 1 ½ hours
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Your will be receiving IV contrast for this test.  If you are 45 years of age or older, you will need to have a blood test done prior to your test-test results could take up to 45 minutes. You may also have this blood test done prior to test day-consult with your doctor if this is needed
  • Please refrain from eating 4 hours prior to your exam.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time and check in with admissions
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Your will be receiving IV contrast for this test.  If you are 45 years of age or older, you will need to have a blood test done prior to your test-test results could take up to 45 minutes.  You may also have this blood test done prior to test day-consult with your doctor if this is needed
  • There is no prep prior to this exam. During your appointment you will be asked to remove all metal objects in the cervical spine area including earrings, necklaces and dentures
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment
  • Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant
  • Please refrain from eating 4 hours prior to your exam.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time and check in with admissions.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
  • Your will be receiving IV contrast for this test.  If you are 45 years of age or older, you will need to have a blood test done prior to your test-test results could take up to 45 minutes. You may also have this blood test done prior to test day-consult with your doctor if this is needed.
  • There is no prep prior to this exam. During your appointment you will be asked to remove all metal objects including rings, bracelets and support braces, etc.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment
  • Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant
Head Non-Contrast CT Prep
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time and check in with admissions
  • You will be asked to remove all metal objects in the cervical spine (neck) and head area including earrings, necklaces, and dentures
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
Head with Contrast CT Prep
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time and check in with admissions
  • You will be asked to remove all metal objects in the cervical spine (neck) and head area including earrings, necklaces, and dentures
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Please refrain from eating four hours prior to your exam 
  • Your will be receiving IV contrast for this test.   If you are 45 years of age or older, you will need to have a blood test done prior to your test-test results could take up to 45 minutes. You may also have this blood test done prior to test day-consult with your doctor if this is needed
  • There is no prep required for this procedure. Please arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early
  • Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant
  • There is no prep prior to this exam. During your appointment you will be asked to remove all metal objects in the lumbar spine area including buttons, jeans and belly rings
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment
  • Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant
  • Please refrain from eating 4 hours prior to your exam.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time and check in with admissions
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Your will be receiving IV contrast for this test.  If you are 45 years of age or older, you will need to have a blood test done prior to your test-test results could take up to 45 minutes. You may also have this blood test done prior to test day-consult with your doctor if this is needed
  • Please refrain from eating 4 hours prior to your exam.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time and check in with admissions
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Your will be receiving IV contrast for this test.  If you are 45 years of age or older, you will need to have a blood test done prior to your test-test results could take up to 45 minutes. You may also have this blood test done prior to test day-consult with your doctor if this is needed
  • There is no prep required for this procedure. Please arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early
  • Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant
  • Please refrain from eating 4 hours prior to your exam.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time and check in with admissions
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Your will be receiving IV contrast for this test.  If you are 45 years of age or older, you will need to have a blood test done prior to your test-test results could take up to 45 minutes. You may also have this blood test done prior to test day-consult with your doctor if this is needed
  • There is no prep prior to this exam. During your appointment you will be asked to remove all metal objects in the thoracic spine area including bras with fasteners, earrings, necklaces and dentures. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment
  • Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant
  • Please refrain from eating 4 hours prior to your exam.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time and check in with admissions
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
  • Your will be receiving IV contrast for this test.  If you are 45 years of age or older, you will need to have a blood test done prior to your test-test results could take up to 45 minutes. You may also have this blood test done prior to test day-consult with your doctor if this is needed
  • Please refrain from eating 4 hours prior to your exam and arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant.

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