CT (Computed Tomography)

Computed Tomography is a sophisticated form of x-ray imaging that provides pictures of the body in a series of slices. A CT scan shows clear images of bone, internal organs, muscles and blood vessels and allows doctors to distinguish between normal and diseased or injured tissue. The CT scanner resembles a large doughnut, and your body passes quickly through it while the scanner obtains images.

Siemens SOMATOM Perspective 128 CT Scanner

Our new state-of-the-art multi-slice CT enables us to provide advanced diagnostic technology in our community. The Perspective 128 CT has several benefits for physicians and patients, including:

  • The new CT can image all body regions, which expands the hospital’s exam capabilities to high-end neurology and cardiac scanning.
  • Patient-friendly design enables easier patient access and more comfortable exams.
  • It has special dose-safety features that can reduce dose by up to 60 percent, and help protect organs and areas on the body that are more sensitive to radiation.
  • Large areas can be scanned rapidly. The system can scan a 50 cm chest in less than six seconds, which may potentially help reduce the time patients have to hold their breath during the exam, improve image quality and reduce the need for re-examinations.
  • Enables patients to remain in constant contact with the technologist throughout the entire exam.

C.T. Guided Biopsy is Available please call for more information

What to expect during your computed tomography exam

Depending on the area of the body being examined, we may ask you to change into a gown. You may be given a contrast dye by mouth or by injection with a small needle. The dye may cause brief nausea or a feeling of warmth.

You’ll lie down on the CT table, which passes quickly through the scanner. You may be asked to hold your breath for short periods of time as sections of your body are scanned.

Preparation for your CT exam

If you have an allergy to contrast dye or iodine, please contact Morris County Hospital Radiology before your scheduled exam, as you may require special medication prior to the exam. Preparations for specific CT exams are as follows:

No prep is required for the following CT exams:

  • Brain without contrast
  • Facial bones without contrast
  • Orbits without contrast
  • Sinuses (screening and complete)
  • Extremity without contrast (i.e. shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, foot)
  • Chest without contrast
  • Cervical spine
  • Thoracic spine
  • Lumbar spine
  • Pelvis without contrast (for fractures only)

Use the following prep information for these CT exams:

  • Brain with/without contrast
  • Orbits with/without contrast
  • Soft tissue neck with contrast
  • Chest with contrast
  • Abdomen with/without contrast
  • Abdomen and Pelvis with/without contrast
  • Pelvis with/without contrast
  • All CAT scan Angiograms

Prep: No food or drink for four to six hours prior to exam. Note: Diabetic and pediatric patients need to go without food and drink only four hours prior to the exam. Patient may also take necessary daily medications with small amounts of water.

Some exams will require that you ingest oral barium. The following flavors are offered: apple, berry, banana. You can pickup any of these three flavors at the following: Chase County Clinic in Cottonwood Falls, Family Heath Center of Council Grove, and Morris County Hospital Radiology Department.

The Participants of our “Barium Smell Off” at the Morris County Health Fair Chose “Berry” as their favorite flavor!

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