CT Scan sometimes called CAT scanning is a painless and a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. CT uses a very thin special x-ray beam to produce detailed, cross sectional views of the area being studied. The images can be examined on a computer or printed. CT is often the preferred method of diagnosing causes of pain and many different forms of cancer. CT of the internal organs, bone, blood vessels and soft tissue provide greater clarity than conventional x-ray exams. Specifically, we have a low dose CT 64 slice scanner that saves 40% on patient dose.
- Facial Bones
- Neck Soft Tissue
- PE Chest
- Abdominal Pelvis
- Renal Stone Study
- CT Urogram
- Cervical Spine
- Thoracic Spine
- Lumbar Spine
- 3D Reconstruction
- CT Angiography (CTA)
- Cartoid / Neck CTA
- Thoracic Aorta CTA
- Abdominal Aorta CTA
- Peripheral CTA
- Bone Density Scan
CT Imaging Technology
CT Patient Instructions
CT patients may require IV and/or oral contrast. Please review with your physician and/or Chicago Northside MRI and Imaging staff if you have any questions regarding contrast.
Patients requiring IV Contrast:
Patients with a history of asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, severe allergies, or a history of prior contrast reaction, MUST notify the front desk staff and/or technologist prior to their exam.
Patients with prior adverse contrast reaction MUST have their referring physician contact our office about premedication.
Patients over 70 years MUST have lab results for BUN and CREATININE within the previous 60 days.
Patients with a history of diabetes or kidney disease MUST have lab results for BUN and CREATININE within the previous 60 days.
Patients on Glucophage or Glucovance should withhold these medications for 48 hours following IV contrast (Consult your physician before restarting).
Patients requiring oral contrast:
If your doctor is requesting an abdominal CT, you may need to drink contrast solution 2 hours prior to the exam. Please review with your doctor and you may pick up a bottle at least two hours prior to your scheduled exam at Chicago Northside MRI and Imaging. If you are unable to pick up the contrast, please arrive two hours before your appointment to drink the contrast.
Please contact us if you have any questions.