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Your CT SCan aT BeaumonT Why choose Beaumont for your CT? PaTienT Beaumont Hospitals is committed informaTion 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 images • 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 www.beaumonthospitals.com P1036Ce 2550 0709 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. d • 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 d • 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 g • uide radiologists when performing biopsies or a gown to wear. providing treatments • pediatric patients A • 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. To schedule an appointment, call 800-328-8542
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