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Our goal at the Adams Diagnostic Imaging is to provide personalized, local CT scans to patients across Central Pennsylvania.
CAT Scan in Gettysburg
Our goal at the Adams Diagnostic Imaging Center is to provide personalized, local CAT scans to patients in Gettysburg and across central Pennsylvania. Our medical imaging team produces clear CAT scan images for Gettysburg doctors while providing compassionate care to our patients.
What Is a CAT Scan?
Computed Axial Tomography scans, known as CAT or CT scans for short, are a sophisticated imaging technology used to view patient anatomy with incredible detail. The technique uses an x-ray scanner that rotates around a patient’s body, gathering three-dimensional data about their anatomy that can then be used to construct a virtual model. Physicians can then use this model to view internal structures as needed for diagnostic and treatment purposes.
How Does a CAT Scan Work?
CAT scans use x-ray technology to collect information, which is usually only able to clearly visualize bone structures. To help visualize tissue anatomy, CAT scans also use contrast material. Contrast material is a chemical that, when ingested or injected into the bloodstream, improves the visual quality of tissues besides bone in an x-ray scan. This helps the reading radiologist see different tissues more easily, which in turn allows doctors to diagnose conditions beyond the bone.
What Is a CAT Scan Used For?
CAT scans are staples of modern medicine, used to detect and diagnose a vast range of conditions, including cancers of various organs, as well as:
- Bone Injuries: Fractures, breaks, infections, abnormal growth, etc.
- Bone Conditions: Cancers, arthritis, osteoporosis, dental problems, etc.
- Lung and Airway Conditions: Fluid buildup, abnormal growth, emphysema, etc.
- Heat Conditions: Heart failure, abnormal growth, blockages, etc.
CAT Scan Prep
CT scans are very fast compared to other imaging methods — the longest scans take only a few minutes. If your appointment does not require your contrast to be injected, your procedure can be completed within 15 minutes. If your procedure does require an injected contrast material, however, it may take up to half an hour, including the injection and some basic questions about your health.
If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, be sure to ask your doctor or technologist beforehand. They will notify you of any special precautions you must take and ensure you’re as informed and comfortable as possible.
If you’re looking for a CAT scan provider in Gettysburg, Adams Diagnostic Imaging Center is the best available in central Pennsylvania. Our services come at a fraction of the cost of any other CT imaging center in the area, minimizing costs to you by eliminating overhead expenses from your bill.
Each one of our technologists is nationally certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and our radiologists are all board-certified. At Adams Diagnostic Imaging Center, you can rest assured you’re getting the high-quality care you deserve without the exorbitant price tag.
If you have questions about CAT scan procedures or prep, or need assistance scheduling your next appointment with us, please contact us today.