Adams Diagnostic Imaging Stand Alone CTs
Our goal at the Adams Diagnostic Imaging is to provide personalized, local CT scans to patients across Central Pennsylvania.
Computed Axial Tomography, also known as a CAT or CT scan, is a sophisticated imaging technique that allows physicians to view a patient’s anatomy with incredible detail from any angle. The scanner uses an X-ray source that rotates around the patient gathering data which can then be reconstructed to view internal structures however the physician needs to. CT is a staple of modern medicine and can be used to detect and diagnose a huge range of conditions from simple bone fractures to cancer.
What is contrast?
There are two categories of contrast for CT scans – Oral contrast and Intravenous (IV) contrast. Both help the reading radiologist easily see what can be subtle differences between closely spaced structures and organs in your body. Depending on what your doctor has ordered and what they are trying to diagnose, you may receive one of these, both or none. If a study requiring oral contrast has been ordered, you will receive two bottles of flavored drink with instructions on how and when to drink them. If IV contrast has been ordered the technologist will go over some general health questions before your exam and, if necessary, will evaluate the results of a simple blood test.
What should I expect on the day of my exam?
CT scans are very fast compared to other imaging modalities with the longest scans taking only a few minutes. Most appointments that have not been ordered with IV contrast can be completed in ten to fifteen minutes. If IV contrast has been ordered, a few extra minutes are allotted for the technologist to place an IV and to go over some general questions about your health. Regardless of what your doctor has ordered, the technologist will make sure all of your questions about the exam are answered and that you are informed and comfortable.
How much detail can the doctor see?
CT scans use a rotating X-ray source that moves around the patient during the scan and then advanced mathematics to reconstruct that data into incredibly accurate and detailed images. The images are detailed enough to view objects half the thickness of a dime and can see the subtle differences in tissues and organs necessary for an accurate diagnosis.
Why is it far less expensive at Adams Diagnostic Imaging?
Adams Diagnostic Imaging is a fraction of the cost of any other CT imaging center in Gettysburg or surrounding areas. Just like our competitors our scanner is accredited by the American College of Radiology, our technologists are nationally certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and our radiologists are all board certified. Unlike other CT imaging centers however, your scan isn’t paying for staff and management that isn’t part of your care. That lets us keep our service personalized, costs low, and provides our patients with the affordable care they need to heal.