The Computed Tomography (CT) Department of Hamilton Diagnostics Center (HDC) is accredited by the American College of Radiology and has a staff of 9 fully certified and credentialed technologists. In their field, our CT staff has combined knowledge of more than 100 years experience.
As patients have become more educated and concerned about the amount of radiation exposure during a CT procedure, they can now “rest assured” that at Hamilton Diagnostics we are equipped with the absolute latest in “Radiation Dose Modulation” software that helps control the amount of radiation exposure to the patient, and offers the very finest in imaging techniques.
Preparation for CT Scans
Preparation for CT Scans with contrast, consist of nothing to eat or drink for four to six hours prior to appointment unless otherwise instructed. Any medication that is necessary, should be taken as prescribed with a small amount of water, unless otherwise instructed by a Physician.
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours beforehand and especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of all medications you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, or “dye,” your physician may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction
PET/CT Scans have become the standard-of-care imaging in cancer management.
You will receive specific instructions based on the type of PET scan you are undergoing. It is very important to follow your Physicians’ instructions for testing.
Generally, you will be asked not to eat anything for several hours before a whole body PET/CT scan. Eating can alter the distribution of the PET tracer in your body and can lead to a poor scan. This may make it necessary to repeat the scan on another day.
You should not drink any liquids containing sugars or calories for several hours before the scan. Water is your best choice.Diabetic patients will receive special instructions to prepare for this exam.
CT Angiography (CTA)
CT angiography uses a CT scanner to produce detailed images of both blood vessels and tissues in various parts of the body.
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours beforehand as a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of all medications you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, or "dye," your physician may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.
For more information about CT Angiography (CTA) go to Radiology Info.
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