A CT or CAT scan uses x-rays and computer technology to generate images, or slices, of a cross-section of the body. In CT, the x-ray beam rotates extremely fast around the patient.
The latest advances in camera and computer technology employed at Florida Hospital Waterman allow for quicker scans, reduced radiation exposures, and reconstruction of data into three-dimensional (3D) pictures of the internal structures of the body.
CT scans may be performed with or without the use of contrast, or substances given by mouth or injection used to enhance certain structures. Your physician will determine if oral or intravenous (IV) contrast is necessary for your exam. Patients with impaired renal function may not be able to have IV contrast.
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