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Computed Tomography (CT)

Computerized Tomography (CT), also known as “Cat Scan,” is a diagnostic imaging tool that takes cross-sectional images of the body using x-rays. CT assists physicians in detecting disease, tumors, infections and injuries to internal organs. Additionally, bones can be evaluated for fractures and other lesions. CT provides excellent anatomic clarity and detail that is not available with traditional diagnostic imaging (plain x-rays). This is critical when it comes to head and neck exams, gastrointestinal exams, urological exams, and CT Angiography (CTA) exams.

Our Services

Valley Regional Imaging offers a wide range of CT services. With over 50 years of experience, our radiologists are committed to providing the highest quality imaging services in the most customer-focused environment, where every patient is treated with the personalized care and attention they deserve.

  • CT - Abdomen and Pelvis
  • CT Angiography (CTA)
  • CT - Body
  • CT - Chest
  • CT - Enterography
  • CT - Head
  • Pediatric CT
  • CT - Sinuses
  • CT - Spine
  • CT - Arthrogram

What can I expect during a CT?

How do I prepare for a CT?

What can I expect during a CT?

  • A CT scan typically takes about 15 minutes or less. You will be asked to lie on the CT table while the machine moves around you to obtain images.
  • If your physician ordered your scan with contrast, you may be given an oral contrast and/or an IV may be started to inject IV contrast prior to beginning. The IV contrast may make you feel a little warm for a few seconds.
  • The results of the CT will be sent to your ordering physician.

How do I prepare for a CT?

  • Please dress comfortably and avoid clothing that has metal objects such as zippers, safety pins, studs, or snaps that may affect image quality. If not, you may be asked to change into provided scrubs at VRI.
  • You will be informed ahead of time if you have any preparation instructions by the CT Department. 
  • For patients that require IV contrast, the CT department will contact you prior to your appointment to ask you some medical history questions.
  • If your physician ordered your scan with contrast you may be given either an oral contrast to drink and/or an IV contrast prior to your scan. If you require IV contract, the CT department will contact you prior to your appointment to ask you some medical history questions.
  • It is important that you notify the CT department if you have any of the below conditions:
    • A history of asthma that requires the use of an inhaler
    • Allergy to betadine and or iodine
    • Previous reaction to iodine contrast.
    • Kidney problems
    • Dialysis
    • Any anaphylactic reaction to any food, medication, or environmental agent. Anaphylactic reactions include:
      • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing and rapid heartbeat
      • Swollen or itchy lips or tongue
      • Swollen or itchy throat, trouble swallowing, tightness in your throat
      • Facial swelling