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CT - What to Expect

A CT (or Computed Tomography) 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. 


Learn how to prepare for your CT scan.


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


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.


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. 

Certain studies require you ingest the oral contrast for an hour or more before the scan.  This time allows the contrast agent to travel through your system and better highlight the organs being scanned. 

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

Questions about your exam? Call us Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm at (434) 982-6600 or toll free at (855) 875-7764.

Scheduling and Locations

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

Starting June 4th, CT scans may also be scheduled on the 1st Saturday of each month from 9:00AM-12:00PM at our Northridge location.

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The doctor who ordered your exam will provide your results.

If there is a critical finding on your study,  your doctor will be notified by our Radiologists. 

If you have not heard from your provider within a reasonable time, please call their office directly.

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