The Computed Tomography (CT) scan is one of the most effective and valuable tools doctors use to obtain images within a person’s body. Also referred to as a CAT Scan, it provides detailed cross-section images of the body part being examined. All of the CT scanners at BCH have received accreditation by the American College of Radiology and all technologists are American College of Radiology Board Certified in CAT Scan.
Benefits of the CT Scanner
The CT Scanner is important because it has the unique ability to look at a combination of soft tissue, bone and blood vessels all at once. It can be used to diagnose such diverse problems as:
- A blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary emboli)
- Bleeding in the brain (cerebral vascular accident)
- Kidney stones
- Inflamed appendix
- Cancer of the brain, liver, pancreas, bone, etc.
- Bone fractures
How It Works
The CT Scanner uses special X-ray equipment along with high-powered computer processing to obtain vivid images that appear as cross-sections of the inside of the body. The patient lies very still on a special table that is carefully moved through a large opening in the donut-shaped scanner. The scanner rotates around you while taking x-rays.
Depending upon the type of CT procedure you are having, the scan takes 45 minutes to an hour, including check-in time. A board-certified radiologist interprets the results of the CT scan and sends the report to your physician.
Most of our CT procedures require you to be NPO (no liquids or food by mouth) for four hours before the procedure. However, depending on the type of procedure, you may be required to drink a liquid contrast material which is used to see or highlight your stomach and small and large intestines. You may be given an IV (intravenous catheter) if the procedure requires IV contrast to see your blood vessels.
CT Scanning is provided at two locations:
Foothills Hospital, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.
Community Medical Center, 1000 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette.
To schedule an appointment, call 303-415-5170 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
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