A CT scan (Computed Tomography scan) uses x-rays and a computer to produce detailed images of any part of the body. This test is non-invasive and is usually an outpatient procedure. In some cases, an IV may be inserted to deliver a contrast dye into your veins.
Your doctor may order a CT scan of your brain or spine if there are suspected tumors, lesions, injuries, bleeding, or infections. This test can also be used to evaluate treatment of brain/spine tumors, detect blood clots after a stroke, and to guide surgeons during biopsies and brain surgery.
How To Prepare For A CT Scan:
- Notify the technician of any allergies, and if you are pregnant or nursing.
What to Expect From A CT Scan:
- You will be asked to remove clothing and other objects.
- If a contrast dye is needed, the technologist will place an IV.
- You will lie on a table that will move through the scanner.
- The test usually takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
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