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State-of-the-art, 64-, 128-, and 256-slice CT technology allows for improved image quality and speed.
Computed tomography (CT) uses x-rays to take pictures of sections of the body. A CT scan shows the body’s organs more clearly and in greater detail than regular x-rays.
CT scans help:
Compared to conventional CT scanners, our state-of-the-art CT scanners offer improved image quality and speed.
Clearer, more accurate images
More precise treatments
CT scanning usually takes less than 30 minutes. Some tests are shorter or longer, based on the number of areas tested and the equipment used. If an enhancing agent is used, the test will take longer.
Before your test:
If a contrast enhancing agent is used, you’ll either receive it by:
The IV enhancing agent may give you a brief sensation that moves up your arm and cause:
This is normal, but you should tell the technologist about these or other reactions.
Tell the doctor or technologist, right away, if you experience:
The CT scanner has a very large ring, like a donut standing upright. A narrow table moves through the center hole.
CT scans require you to remain very still. You will be asked to lie flat for your CT scan.
A board-certified radiologist studies your CT scans and reports the results to your doctor. Your scans are delivered to your doctor via our state-of-the-art computer system.
If your images are ever needed, they can be accessed by any UPMC hospital or facility at any time of the day or night.
Your doctor will discuss the results with you. Talk with your doctor or testing center about how to get your test results.