Computed tomography, also referred to as CT, combines a series of X-ray views taken from many different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside your body. With some of the most advance scanners in the market, Jackson Memorial Hospital offers sophisticated imaging technology to all patients, including some of the most challenging, like young children (pediatrics), patients who are unable to hold their breath, trauma and cardiac patients. Using this state-of-the-art technology, we provide unprecedented image quality and detail with the lowest possible radiation dose.
Our CT scan department is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Some of the clinical procedures offered at Jackson Memorial Hospital:
- CT Angiography (different body parts)
- CT Brain (CT Brain Perfusion)
- CT Abdomen & Pelvis (Renal, Triple Phase Liver and others)
- CT Cardiac & Coronary
- CT Chest (BMI, High Resolution and others)
- CT Enterography
- CT Guided needle Biopsy, Drainage, RF Ablation and others
- CT Spine (Musculoskeletal system and post myelogram)
Before Your CT Scan
- If your prescription for CT contains the words “with Contrast”, you cannot eat or drink four hours prior to exam.
- Bring BUN/Creatinine test lab results if testing was performed outside of a Jackson Health System facility, and is less than 30 days prior to your appointment date. Contact your physician or call 305-585-6000 to arrange lab testing if you do not have lab results, or if your lab results will be older than 30 days on your appointment date.
- If you are allergic to iodine, and you have not been prescribed allergy medication, please contact your physician immediately.
- If you have been prescribed allergy medication, do not take the last pill until instructed by the CT technologist upon arrival in CT scan.
- Please call the CT Department at 305-585-6000 if you have questions about preparation for your exam.
During Your CT Scan
- You will first need to sign in at the registration desk.
- The technologist will introduce themselves and review any additional information that is needed.
- Some CT exams require intravenous contrast that will need an IV to be placed prior to your exam.
- Before your scan, you may be asked to sign a consent form that will detail the risks and side-effects associated with the IV contrast.
- You may be asked to sign a consent form for any history of contrast allergy or pregnancy.
- During the scan, you will either lie on your back or on your stomach within the scanner opening.
- You may receive a second, iodine-based contrast intravenously (through a vein) once you are in the scan room.
- If your prescription says “PO Contrast,” an oral contrast solution will be administered when you arrive and your CT exam will begin two hours afterward.
- Most CT scans take 15 to 30 minutes.
After Your CT scan
- You may resume normal activity after you leave the CT department.
- The results of your CT scan will be made available to the prescribing physician.