CT Scan

Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital is proud to have the most advanced 64-slice CT system in the area.
  • State-of-the-art 64-slice CT scanner 
  • High image quality and speed
  • 4-times the amount of detectors than the conventional CT scanner
  • Can scan the entire body in about 30 seconds, including complexities of the heart, brain and lungs
  • 3D imaging
  • Vascular imaging 
Patient care and diagnosis have significantly improved with the growing use of computed tomography (CT). CT scanning blends the traditional technology of X-rays with the latest computer innovations. Using a series of X-ray beams, the CT scanner creates cross-sectional images. Acomputer then reconstructs these“slices” to produce a 3-D image. The result is a picture with great detail than traditional X-rays. And better information means more accurate diagnosis from your doctor.

Types of CT Scans

CT scans are often used in place of other invasive, time-consuming examinations.

Common types of CT scans include:
  • Abdomen
  • Chest
  • Head
  • Pelvis
  • Spine
No matter which scan you have, your doctor will use the highest resolution CT images to make the most accurate diagnosis possible.


During the Exam

A CT exam is a quick, painless procedure. The scanner will acquire the images in just a few seconds while you are comfortably lying on the patient table. Ask your doctor about total exam duration, since exam times will vary.
  • You may be asked to wear a gown for image clarity
  • You may be asked to remove jewelry and other metallic items for image clarity
  • You will be asked to remain still and hold your breath during the few seconds the scanner captures the image
After your trouble-free exam, all normal activities may be resumed, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.


What to Expect During your CT Exam

Your doctor is interested in seeing specific body areas. Therefore, in some CT exams, a contrast media is used to make these areas appear more visible. You may feel a slight warming
sensation when the contrast medium is administered with a small IV.

Consult with your physician prior to your CT exam if you have an allergic reaction to iodine which is used in the contrast medium.


Preparations

Speak with your doctor about preparing for your CT exam.
  • Let your doctor know if you pregnant, since pregnant women should avoid exposure from X-rays used in the CT and other medical exams
  • For abdominal exams, your doctor may ask you to refrain from eating or drinking directly before your exam for best clarity
  • Discuss your medications with your physician
  • Let your doctor know if you have allergic reactions to iodine or conditions such asthma