We provide faster examinations, more accurate CT scan results, and a better patient experience through our state-of-the-art NJ imaging centers, compassionate CT technologists, and board certified radiologists.
CT stands for “computed tomography.” CT uses ordinary X-rays coupled with special detectors and computer processing to create a cross-section of body tissues and organs.
While CT scans use low doses of radiation, your risk of developing cancer from it is extremely small. Physicians only order a CT scan is if there is a justifiable reason, meaning that the benefit outweighs any potential risk. In addition, our staff aims to obtain the best image possible with the lowest dose radiation, in order to further decrease any associated potential risk.
Intravenous contrast material is an organic compound containing Iodine that helps improve the visualization of blood vessels and many organs on a CT scan. IV contrast material is often necessary for proper evaluation of the head, chest and abdomen. Orally administered contrast material is usually necessary for CT scans of the abdomen and pelvis, where it helps visualize the gastrointestinal tract.
Iodinated contrast is very safe. It’s distributed in your blood and is excreted by your kidneys within minutes of the injection. However, if you have ever had kidney failure or a history of an allergic reaction to iodinated contrast, we will not use iodinated contrast.
Depending on the part of your body getting examined, we may have different instructions or preparation involved. Please view our patient instructions for CT scans for more information.
CT scans are fundamentally different from MRIs. CT scans use X-Rays to extract information from the human body.