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Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

A CT scan is a painless procedure using x-ray radiation to view the inside of the body. 

Our technologists care for your comfort and will work with you to make sure you are aware of each step of the exam. 


To ensure your safety, you will be asked to complete a Patient Screening form at the time of registration.


If you have a known allergy to contrast dye, please contact us right away. 

To obtain the best images of the body part being studied, you may receive oral or IV contrast, or both. 

Patients with certain Abdomen/Pelvis diagnosis may be required to drink oral contrast before their scan.  

Spend less time in our centers prior to your appointment!  You now have the option to pick up oral contrast at one of our three CT locations.  Inquire about this option when scheduling.

If you receive IV contrast, you will be required to stay approximately 20 minutes following your exam for monitoring.


During the scan, you will lie on a table that moves into the scanner opening.  The opening is wide and you will likely not feel confined within the space. 


The CT scanner makes very little noise while it is scanning.


The average length of a CT scan is 20 minutes.  May factors may effect the time your scan takes, including the body part and any use of contrast during the exam.

Scheduling and Locations

CT scans are performed at the following locations Monday-Friday.

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