The CT (or CAT, Computed Axial Tomography) Scan uses minimal amounts of x-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the body part being examined. It is generally used to help diagnose the condition of organs such as the brain, liver or kidneys, and bone structures such as the spine, pelvis or hip. It also is now being used to perform Heart Scans, which assess calcium build-up in the coronary arteries.
How Does It Work?
You will lie on a comfortable table that will move in and out of the scanner. A contrast medium, or "dye", may be intravenously injected into your bloodstream to help highlight the areas being examined. During the scan, the x-ray beam is focused on a specific part of your body. It rapidly moves around the area, taking multiple pictures that create a cross-sectional image.
How Do I Prepare for a CT Scan?
You will receive specific instructions when you schedule the test.
To make an appointment, call the diagnostic scheduling office at (708) 450-4917.
Appointments can be made:
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.