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Word’s Ultra Low Dose Multidetector (64Slice) India’s First CT Scanner
A CT scan, also called X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT) and computerized axial tomography scan (CAT scan), makes use of computer-processed combinations of many x-ray images taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional images (virtual “slices”) of specific areas of a scanned object, allowing the user to see inside the object without cutting.
CT produces a volume of data that can be manipulated in order to demonstrate various bodily structures based on their ability to block the X-ray beam. Although historically, the images generated were in the axial or transverse plane, perpendicular to the long axis of the body, modern scanners allow this volume of data to be reformatted in various planes or even as volumetric (3D) representations of structures.
Preparing for CT
Spine or Extremities:
- No prep necessary
Head or Chest:
- Nothing to eat two hours prior to the exam. Can drink up to exam time.
- You may take your normal medications EXCEPT metformin containing medications
Abdomen or Pelvis:
- You will be given a liquid contrast material called Readi-CAT to drink—half at bedtime the night before your exam, and the remaining half two hours before your exam
- Nothing to eat or drink three hours before the exam, except Readi-CAT
- You will be given an additional dose or Readi-CAT just prior to the exam
Medical Radiation Safety
The radiation dose from a CT scan is considered to be in the “low-level radiation” category. However, since CT scans require more radiation than other types of imaging exams, RMI is committed to managing radiation dose for patient safety, under the principles of the Image Gently program for pediatric patients and the Image Wisely program for adults.