Americare Medical Center
Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Sunrise, FL & Davie, FL
After a serious accident or injury, your doctor needs highly detailed scans to examine the inside of your body and determine whether additional treatment is needed. When an X-ray isn’t enough, the experienced team at Americare Medical Center in Sunrise and Davie, Florida, uses a computerized tomography (CT) scan to analyze your bones, soft tissues, and blood vessels. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.
CT Scan Q & A
What is a CT scan?
A CT scan combines a series of cross-sectional X-rays and computer technology to produce a highly detailed image of your bones, tissue, and blood vessels. Medical experts liken a CT scan to examining the inside of a loaf of bread after slicing it. These “slices,” or images, help the Americare Medical Center team better analyze certain areas of interest, such as the abdomen, brain, spine, neck, and chest.
Why would I need a CT scan?
The team typically recommends a CT scan if they’ve discovered an abnormality on a previous ultrasound or X-ray. Some common reasons to order a CT scan include to:
- Find an infection or blood clot
- Pinpoint the location of a tumor
- Diagnose internal injuries or bleeding
- Monitor the results of certain cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation
- Guide a surgical procedure or biopsy
- Detect medical conditions like lung or heart disease, liver masses, and bone fractures
While regular X-rays easily diagnose certain conditions, such as pneumonia or arthritis, a CT scan is more accurate in analyzing your body’s soft tissues.
What happens during a CT scan?
The Americare Medical Center team always walks you through the CT scan process prior to the procedure. How to prepare depends entirely on which area of your body is being examined. You may be asked to:
- Stop eating several hours before the procedure
- Remove your clothes and put on a hospital gown
- Remove any jewelry, metal accessories, glasses, or dentures
If the team uses a contrast injection, refrain from eating at least a few hours before your scan. At your appointment, you lie down on a long, narrow motorized table, which slides you into the machine. While you relax, small detectors and an X-ray tube scan your body.
You can return to your normal routine immediately after the scan, which takes around 30 minutes total. If your scan includes contrast dye, you must drink plenty of water after the procedure to flush it out of your system.
Once a radiologist interprets the results of your scan, the Americare Medical Center team will give you a call. Schedule an appointment online or call the office today to learn more.
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