The CT scanning is a test in which ionizing radiations and an advanced computer system are used to obtain precise and high image quality results in short time of either soft tissues or bone structure. It is ideal for the study of small lesions and the differentiation of them in benign and malign processes.
WHAT WILL THE PATIENT FEEL DURING A CT SCANNING?
Our staff will place you on a comfortable stretcher which slides into the CT scanner. And then you will be told how you must inhale. Moreover, our staff will you give you an eiderdown so you cannot feel the cold.
During the test, you will feel how the table move and hear the sound of the X-ray tube and also you will feel a wave of heat in your body for a few seconds in case you were given a contrast medium.
In order to get better high image quality results in less time it is necessary that you stay still during the test.
DOES THE PATIENT NEED ANY PREPARATION?
It will depend on the kind of CT scan that will be performed on the patient.
For the studies in which no contrast medium is needed, the patient will no need any preparation. Nevertheless, for the CT scan that requires medium contrast, the patients must be in fasting for 8 hours and bring a recent lab exam with the results of the levels of urea and creatinine.
On the day of the test, it is important that all the patients bring the medical order, the previous studies (if they have) and comfortable clothes with no metal pieces such as sport pants. It is forbidden to bring any kind of item of clothing such as bracelets, watches, earrings, jewels and piercings.
All these suggestions will make the test easier and reduce the wait times.
IS THERE ANY RISK?
The CT scanning is a safe test performed in short time and its only counter-indication is for women who are pregnant or suspect it.
However, there are certain risks in cases where iodinated contrast is needed. For that reason, please tell the doctor o nurse if:
- You are allergic to iodine
- You are allergic to seafood
- You are a diabetic
- You have a kidney failure
It is mandatory to bring the medical order on the day of the test. The simple CT scans are performed by order of arrival from Monday to Fridays. From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. In case of CT scans with contrast medium, schedule an appointment by calling at the phone number: (305) 557-0330.
We have the most technologically advanced equipment with different transducers for the obtaining of a better contrast and spatial resolution. We also count on a digital diagnostic system which allows a wider range of applications in areas such as abdominal, muscle-skeletal, vascular structures (ultrasonic color Doppler) trans-rectal prostate and small parts (breasts, testicles and thyroid) and in field such as gynecological and pediatrics.