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Your radiologist will interpret your images and prepare a diagnostic report for your physician. If the examination was ordered “stat” your physician will be notified as soon as possible the same day. If the examination was routine, the results are provided to your physician within 24 hours. Your physician will determine how the radiologists' report will be used to develop a treatment plan and speak with you about your results.
Q: What are the risks of a CT?
A: This procedure is extremely safe, though it does use radiation to produce the images. At Bridgeway Diagnostics, we use the least amount of radiation by utilizing a “low dose” technology called ASiR, which significantly decreases the radiation exposure by up to 70%. Bridgeway is the first and currently the only dedicated outpatient facility in the region with this type of advanced technology. Whether they are your kids or your parents, radiation dose reduction technology counts.
Q: Why did my doctor order a CT if radiation is a concern?
A: CT is a valuable diagnostic tool that uses radiation to peer into the body and produce 3-
Q: What steps do you take to reduce radiation?
A: We adhere to the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle, using tools that automatically adjust the radiation dosage based on body type and anatomy. As part of that commitment, we are the only facility in the area to have taken the Image Gently and Image Wisely Pledges to use the lowest radiation dose possible in pediatric AND adult patients. We have invested in cutting edge radiation dose reduction technology to ensure that the lowest amount of radiation is used for ALL patients.
Q: How should I prepare for my CT?
A: You will receive instructions when you schedule your appointment. You can also refer to the “prep” section of the website. Be sure to review the instructions for your particular study, as they can vary based on type of scan.
At Bridgeway Diagnostics, we provide superior, high resolution CT scans while using the least amount of radiation. We utilize an "advanced radiation dose reduction” technology called ASiR, which significantly decreases the radiation exposure by up to 70%. Bridgeway is the first and currently the only dedicated outpatient facility in the region with this type of advanced technology.
A Computed Tomography (CT) scan is a painless procedure which combines a series of X-
The resulting images can be compared to looking down at single slices of bread from a loaf. Your doctor will be able to look at each of these slices individually or perform additional visualization to view your body from different angles. CT scan images can provide much more information than do plain X-
A CT scan can be used for most parts of the body. It is a useful tool for isolating the location of a tumor, fracture, infection, or blood clot and can detect internal injuries and internal bleeding resulting from car accidents or other trauma. A CT can also detect and monitor diseases and conditions, including lung nodules, liver masses, cancer and heart disease. CT may also assist a physician in guiding a surgery, biopsy, or radiation therapy. There are many other uses for CT.
Depending on your physician’s request, you may receive a “contrast” material by mouth and/or IV. This “contrast” is a special dye that helps to highlight the area of your body being examined. The contrast material blocks X-
During the scan, you will lie down on a CT table. The table moves through the CT scanner opening while obtaining images. The entire CT procedure usually takes just a few minutes.
Depending on the type of exam, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything but water four hours prior to your study. We encourage drinking water prior to your exam. Some patients may be asked to drink oral contrast before their study, which enhances the images, as described above. Typically, we ask patients to arrive one hour in advance to drink oral contrast; however some patients may receive oral contrast in advance with instructions specific to their study. In some cases, no oral contrast may be necessary.
• If drinking contrast, please arrive one hour and 15 minutes prior to your exam time.
• If your study does not require contrast, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your exam.
Some studies require different preparations. Please be sure to review the details for your particular study.
Please notify our scheduling department and technologists if:
• You are pregnant. Another type of exam may be recommended, such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to avoid the risk of exposing your fetus to radiation.
• You have severe allergies, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to X-
• You have any medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes.
• You have a history of renal failure, liver or kidney transplant.
• You are diabetic. Diabetic patients should discontinue use of Metformin containing drugs the day of the exam and 48 hours after the procedure.
After the CT scan
After the exam you can return to your normal routine. If you were given a contrast material, you may receive special instructions such as making sure you drink lots of fluids to help your kidneys remove the contrast material from your body.
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