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Multi-Slice CT Scan Exams in New Jersey

Hunterdon Radiology offers Multi-Slice CT scan imaging as a means of acquiring a direct image of soft tissue structures such as the liver, lung, spleen, pancreas, lymph nodes, and fatty tissues.

What CT Scans Identify

CT scans can be beneficial for identifying and tracking large abnormalities such as tumors. When applied to the head, it can be used to evaluate strokes, tumors, bleeding, and injuries. One can also be utilized to examine brain structures.

Doctors also rely on CT scans for imaging of bony structures such as the spine, facial bones, sinuses, and the skull.

What to Expect When Scheduled for a CT Scan

The exam usually takes from 10 to 30 minutes allowing for preparation as well as time for the computer to generate the images. You may be given special breathing instructions by the technologist at this time. Your actual x-ray exposure time will be minimal.

The steps of the test are as follows:

  • You will need to undress and put on an exam gown.
  • You will be asked to lie on the table, which will gradually slide through a machine that resembles a donut. This is called a gantry.
  • While in the gantry, an X-ray tube will travel around you and create computer-generated X-ray images. During the process of the examination, the patient will be able to see the technologist at all times and will be able to communicate via a two-way microphone.

Understanding Contrast

In some cases, prior to the exam, an X-ray dye injection, referred to as contrast, may be administered. It is used to outline blood vessels or add contrast to organs so the CT scanner can see them more clearly. This dye contains iodine and can result in allergic or adverse reactions in a minority of cases. If contrast is required for the exam, the patient will be given a consent form to educate him/her about this procedure, and his/her technologist will explain the injection procedure. Scans of the intestines sometimes call for the patient to drink a contrast media prior to the exam.

Please inform the technologist promptly if you have kidney or cardiac problems, asthma, or any known allergies to iodine or X-ray dye. If this is the case, you may be given a CT scan without contrast or an alternative examination such as an MRI or ultrasound. If an alternative examination is necessary, you will be rescheduled for another day.

Lung Screening

Lung Screening is also performed using a Multi-Slice CT Scanner. Patients benefit from the scanner's ability to identify lung tumors before they appear on a traditional X-ray. Lung cancer tumors are typically the size of an orange by the time they are discovered. The CT lung scan can detect lesions no bigger than a grain of rice. Medical studies have proven that cure rates are much better when the disease is found in the early stage.

Call us today for more information about scheduling your next CT scan.