CT Scan in Dallas, TX

What is Computed Tomography?

CT Scanner

CT (computed tomography), also called a CAT scan, uses x-ray and computer equipment to produce cross-sectional images from of body tissues and organs. CT imaging is useful because it can show several types of tissue, such as lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels.

Computed tomography, more commonly known as a CT or CAT scan, is a diagnostic medical test that, like traditional x-rays, produces multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes, and can even generate three-dimensional images. CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels typically provide greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels.

CT Scanning for Cancer

CT Scans can help a doctor find a cancer and display things like a tumor's shape and size. They are most commonly an outpatient procedure and can take roughly 10 to 30 minutes. 

By comparing CT scans over time, doctors can see how a tumor is responding to ongoing treatment or to see if a tumor has come back after being given treatment. 

Revolution GSI Low-Dose CT Scanner 

Helping making clinical excellence routine, this scanner helps reduce radiation dose for patients. It successfully scans patients with metal implants and acquires anatomical and functional information in a single scan.  

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Video Transcript

"Welcome to Southwest Diagnostic Center for Molecular Imaging, and thank you for trusting us with your care. We would like to make your CT experience as smooth and comfortable as possible."

"Prior to your exam you’ll receive a call from our facility to review your medical history, your insurance benefits, and provide you with preparation instructions for your specific exam. Upon your arrival you’ll be greeted and assisted through the check-in process. If your exam requires contrast, you’ll be given an oral drink while you wait. One of our staff will greet and escort you to a private resting area, where you’ll be provided a personal belongings bag and asked to change into a gown. All of your belongings and valuables should be placed into the bag. This personal belongings bag will remain with you at all times."

"Once changed, you’ll enter the CT Scanner room, where one of our technologists will offer pillows and warm blankets to provide comfort during your exam. In most cases, the nurse will place an IV catheter to administer contrast during your scan."

"Most CT Scans take 15-30 minutes to complete. However, some scans can take up to 1.5 hours. After your exam, you’ll be taken back to the private changing room for you to change back into your clothes. One of our technologists will escort you back to our lobby, concluding your visit."

"We would like to thank you in advance for choosing Southwest Diagnostic Center for Molecular Imaging, where our mission is to provide the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology available, exemplary service to healthcare providers, and unsurpassed care to our patients."

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