Our team of certified technologists and radiologists perform CT scans at Alliance MRI. A CT scan is a diagnostic exam that takes highly detailed pictures. These scans frequently used to help diagnose internal conditions such as internal bleeding, tumors and other injuries that cannot be viewed in a standard x-ray.
Frequently Asked Questions About CT Scan Services
What is a CT scan?
A CT scan, or computed tomography, includes a series of x-rays. These x-rays produce images that are then processed by the scanner’s computer to create what are commonly called cross-sectional images of the body’s internal anatomy. A CT scan can produce an extremely detailed image of internal organs and other body parts. It has the capability to create images of bone and soft tissue as well. This enables doctors to properly diagnose a wide range of medical conditions since the images from the scan are so clear.
How does a CT scan work?
While a scan is being performed, an x-ray tube moves in a circular motion around the body. This allows multiple views that are more detailed of the body. The information from that X-ray is then sent to a computer that translates the data and projects it on a monitor.
How safe are CT scans?
While undergoing a CT scan, the body is very briefly exposed to radiation, so the risks associated with CT scans are comparable to those of conventional X-rays.
What are the benefits of a CT scan?
A CT scan can help determine when or if procedures are necessary or not due to the level of detail in the produced images. It can help to guide treatment of common conditions as well as improve patient placement into the appropriate areas of care that they need.
What should you expect during a CT scan?
Patients will lie on a comfortable, cushioned table. Once situated, the table will move through a circular gantry. Multiple, low-level radiation x-rays are then projected through the body at various angles.
A computer composes information from the x-rays to develop an image to be reviewed.
In the event contrast material is needed for further detection and diagnosis, an I.V. will be placed in the patient’s arm or hand. This may cause the patient to experience a very brief, mildly warm, flushed sensation and metallic taste in the mouth.
Alliance MRI is streamlining connections with physicians to reduce opportunity for error and encourage timely service. Our experienced staff offer authorization and scheduling benefits that speed the insurance process and answer any questions that may arise.
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Find an Alliance MRI Location for an Affordable CT Scan in Houston
Please contact Alliance MRI for more information on our CT scan services and other services listed below in Houston or to find a location closest to you.
- Arthrogram capabilitie
- iStat Equipment to conveniently check blood levels before administering contrast dye.
*Please note that not all equipment is available at all centers; please check your preferred location for details on services.