CT Scan

The following CT Scans are available at our Elizabethton and/or Johnson City offices:  Abdomen | Chest | Extremities | Head | Maxofacial | Neck Soft Tissues | Pelvis | Sinus | Spine | Stone Protocol

What is a CT scan? Computed tomography (CT) is a diagnostic procedure that uses special X-ray equipment to create cross-sectional pictures of your body. CT images are produced using X-ray technology and powerful computers. The uses of CT scans include looking for: Early detection of lung cancer,  Broken bones,  Cancers,  Blood clots, Signs of heart disease, and Internal bleeding. 

During a CT scan, you lie still on a table. The table slowly passes through the center of a large X-ray machine. The test is painless. During some tests you may receive a contrast dye, which makes parts of your body show up better in the image.

CT Scan Prep
Patient Instructions:
– If you are being administered a contrasting agent, please do not eat or drink anything other than water or black coffee for 4 hours prior to exam. You may take medications as you normally do.

– If you are not being administered a contrasting agent, no prep is required.

– Patients who are diabetic or have a history of renal abnormalities will need to have their creatinine levels checked within the last 30 days prior to receiving and IV contrasting agent.

Instructions for Oral Contrast [if applicable]
– 90 minutes prior to exam: Drink first bottle of contrast.
– 30 minutes prior to exam: Drink 1/2 of second bottle of contrast.
– Bring remainder of second bottle to appointment.
– You will be instructed when to drink the remaining contrast before your exam.

Estimated Test Duration:
15 minutes to 1 hour

If you have any questions concerning your appointment – please call our Radiology department at (423) 431-0315