Multi-slice CT Technology
IMI’s multi-slice CT technology allows our radiologists to capture multiple wafer-thin images of a patient’s anatomy within seconds and gives us greater flexibility to customize patient procedures and perform new types of exams, including studying blood vessels. Our state-of-the-art technology allows us to optimize every aspect of your CT experience, from shorter exam times and greater patient comfort, to superior image quality – which translates into a more accurate diagnosis.
What is CT?
CT (Computed Tomography), also sometimes called a CAT scan, is a safe and painless exam that uses x-ray technology to obtain detailed, cross-sectional images of a person’s body. CT is often the preferred technology for diagnosing cancer and for visualizing tissue and bone with great clarity, including organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. Cross-sectional images are obtained by CT when the quietly rotating gantry emits x-rays that pass through the patient’s body – but cannot be felt by the patient. The result is a thin image or “slice” that is reconstructed on a computer to view the anatomy.
Preparing for a CT
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Depending on the type of CT study ordered by the referring physician, you may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for 4 hours prior to the exam.
- Some CT studies use either oral or IV contrast to obtain better images. If oral contrast has been ordered, you may be asked to drink a contrast medium that will highlight your digestive tract. A technologist will ask questions regarding your medical history and history of allergies, including allergic reactions to x-ray dye or contrast.
- Female patients should notify their physician and our staff prior to the exam if they are pregnant or think they might be.
During and After a CT
During a CT scan you will lie on a cushioned table that moves through the opening of the CT scanner while the x-ray technology obtains images of your body. A CT technologist will be available to explain and answer questions before, during and after a scan.
Once the CT study is complete, you can return to normal activity. Fluids are encouraged to help any contrast material that was used move through your body. One of Intermountain Medical Imaging’s radiologists will interpret the exam and report the findings to your primary physician. Your physician will discuss the results of your CT scan with you.
Please contact us if you have any questions about a CT scan.