CT scans are powerful tools that use X-rays to produce very detailed pictures of your body which help establish a diagnosis. CT scans are frequently used to evaluate the brain, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and sinuses. The CT scanner looks like a large donut with a narrow table. The patient lies on the table as it moves through the center of the machine. The CT technologist will perform the scan from the next room and will be able to see and speak with you at all times.
Some exams require a contrast or dye to be injected into your arm during your exam.The time to complete a CT scan depends on the body parts being examined and whether you are required to have an injection of contrast. Although the actual scanning time on the table takes less than a minute, patients should plan on 15 to 45 minutes for their appointment. After the scan is finished, a board certified radiologist will interpret the study and send a report to your referring physician.
Because CT scans use x-ray radiation to acquire the images within your body, Rhode Island Medical Imaging uses the lowest dose of radiation possible that still ensures a high quality image. All of our CT scanners are state-of-the-art and are programmed with the most current protocols as recommended by the ACR. RIMI tailors every CT exam to each patient while also minimizing repeat exams to ensure the lowest dose of radiation necessary. In fact, RIMI physicians developed the low dose CT protocol that is referenced by radiologists across the country!
RIMI also actively participates in Image Gently and Image Wisely, two ACR programs that ensure the lowest dose of radiation necessary. You can also get more detailed information about specific CT exams from Radiologyinfo.org where there is a wealth of information for you to review. RIMI is accredited by the ACR and has achieved the distinction as a diagnostic imaging Center of Excellence.
Rhode Island Medical Imaging is committed to providing the highest quality of imaging services available as well as the safety of our patients and employees.
What to expect when having a CT scan