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     Why choose Beaumont
         for your CT?                                                                                 PaTienT
   Beaumont Hospitals is committed
 to providing the most convenient and
     highest quality imaging services                  CT imaging locations:
    for patients and their physicians.
                 We offer:                        Beaumont Hospitals in Grosse Pointe,
                                                         Royal Oak and Troy
• ease of scheduling with same-day or
  next-day appointments                                     UnaSource, Troy
• 10 convenient imaging locations with            Beaumont Medical Center, Lake Orion
  CT in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne
  counties                                     Beaumont Medical Center, Macomb Township

• board certified Beaumont radiologists         Beaumont Medical Center, St. Clair Shores
  to interpret your results as if their life
                                                Beaumont Medical Center, Sterling Heights
  depended on it, too

• the latest generation of imaging                  Beaumont Medical Center, Warren
  technology that produces the clearest         Beaumont Medical Center, West Bloomfield

• highly trained technologists to ensure
  your comfort and safety

• an integrated electronic medical records
                                                     Beaumont Appointment Center
  system that allows your physician to see                   800-328-8542
  your images within minutes of the test
  – and provides easy access to those
  images to other health care providers
  involved in your future care

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Your CT SCan aT BeaumonT

WhaT iS a ComPuTed TomograPhY                                   The CT scan uses X-ray beams, which are a form of                 T
                                                                                                                               •	 	 he	table	will	move	quickly	through	the	scanner	
                                                                radiation similar to light or radio waves. Here is how            to determine the correct starting position for the
or CT SCan?
                                                                the CT scan works:                                                scans. Then, the table will move slowly through
Computed	tomography	(CT	or	CAT	scan)	is	a	                                                                                        the machine as the CT scanning is performed.
diagnostic test that uses a combination of X-rays and              I
                                                                •	 	 n	a	standard	X-ray	machine,	the	beam	is	focused	on	
                                                                                                                                  The scanner may make clicking and whirring
computer technology to create cross-sectional images               one part of the body. Behind the part of the body
                                                                                                                                  sounds,	which	are	normal.	It	is	important	that	you	
(often called slices), horizontally and vertically, of the         being studied is a plate that detects the radiation.
                                                                                                                                  remain still during the procedure.
body.	A	CT	scan	shows	detailed	images	of	the	bones,	               The CT scan is outfitted with a ring (called a gantry)
                                                                   that has several beams opposite matching detectors.            D
                                                                                                                               •	 	 epending	on	the	body	part	being	scanned,	you	
muscles,	fat,	blood	vessels	and	organs.	As	a	result,	CT	
                                                                                                                                  may be asked to hold your breath at various times
scans are very detailed and help physicians diagnose               T
                                                                •	 	 he	gantry	rapidly	rotates	around	the	body	in	a	
                                                                                                                                  during the procedure.
many conditions that may not be as easily diagnosed                circular fashion as the patient on the table moves
with other imaging methods like X-ray or ultrasound.               through the opening in the machine.                            I
                                                                                                                               •	 	 f	contrast	is	used	for	your	procedure,	you	may	have	
                                                                                                                                  an	initial	set	of	scans	before	the	contrast	is	injected	
Because a CT scan quickly produces detailed images,                I
                                                                •	 	 n	fractions	of	a	second,	the	detectors	relay	data	back	
                                                                                                                                  through an intravenous line; a second set of scans
it is often used to:                                               to a computer, which assembles two-dimensional,
                                                                                                                                  will	follow.	You	may	feel	some	effects	when	the	
•	 	 tudy	the	chest,	abdomen	and	pelvis	because	it	
   s                                                               cross-sectional images of the body.
                                                                                                                                  contrast	is	injected	into	the	IV	line.	These	effects	
   provides detailed views of bone, tissue and                     A
                                                                •	 	 	radiologist	(a	board	certified	physician	who	               include a flushing sensation, a salty or metallic taste
   blood vessels                                                   specializes in reading images) creates a report and            in your mouth, a brief headache or nausea. These
•	 examine	the	brain                                               sends the information to your physician.                       effects	usually	last	for	a	few	moments.	You	should	
                                                                                                                                  notify the technologist if you feel any side effects.
•	 	 iagnose	and	treat	different	cancers	throughout	
   the body
                                                                WhaT Will i exPerienCe during                                     Y
                                                                                                                               •	 	 our	Beaumont	doctor	will	have	access	to	the	images	
                                                                mY CT SCan aT BeaumonT?                                           and the radiologist’s interpretation and will share the
•	 	 etect	and	diagnose	vascular	diseases	that	can	lead	
                                                                At	Beaumont,	a	CT	scan	generally	follows	this	process:            results with you.
   to stroke, kidney failure and death
•	 	 iagnose	and	treat	joint,	spinal	and	other	skeletal	
   d                                                               B
                                                                •	 	 efore	you	have	any	procedure,	you	should	discuss	
   conditions                                                      the risks and benefits associated with the test with        flaSh CT aT BeaumonT hoSPiTalS
                                                                   your physician.
•	 	dentify	traumatic	injuries	to	internal	organs,	guide	
   i                                                                                                                           Beaumont is the first hospital in Michigan to offer
   biopsies, plan for and assess surgeries, plan for               Y
                                                                •	 	 ou	will	be	asked	to	remove	any	clothing,	jewelry	or	      Flash CT, the newest, fastest and safest scanner. The
   radiation treatments                                            other	objects	that	may	interfere	with	the	procedure.	       technology is ideal for use in:
                                                                   If	you	are	asked	to	remove	clothing,	you	will	be	given	     •	 cardiac patients
•	 	 uide	radiologists	when	performing	biopsies	or	
                                                                   a gown to wear.
   providing treatments                                                                                                        •	 pediatric patients
                                                                •	 	 	radiology	technologist	will	position	you	on	the	CT	
                                                                                                                               •	 trauma patients
hoW doeS a CT SCan Work?                                           exam table. During the scan, the tech will be in
                                                                   another room where the scanner controls are                 •	 patients with chronic conditions who require
CT scans are performed on an outpatient basis or as
                                                                   located but can see you through a window.                        repeated scans
a part of inpatient care. There are a few kinds of CT
machines, but in general, they are large machines with             S
                                                                •	 	 peakers	inside	the	scanner	help	the	tech	                 A	Flash	CT	scanner	is	located	in	the	Grosse	Pointe,	
a short, wide tunnel in the center that the patient                communicate	with	you.	You	will	also	have	a	call	            Royal	Oak	and	Troy	hospitals.	Ask	your	doctor	if	
enters for a brief time while lying comfortably on an              button to let the tech know if you have any                 Flash CT is right for you.
exam table.                                                        problems during the test.

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