64-Slice CT Scans in Gainesville, TX
What is a 64-Slice CT Imaging Test?
A CT Scan is a Computed Tomography or CAT Scan. This test is not invasive and gives the doctor an excellent view of the areas needing examination. The scan is quick and easy, using X-ray beams to create images of soft tissue structures such as the liver, kidneys, heart, bladder, neurological, skeletal imaging, and more. This scan is beneficial to the doctor when trying to diagnose an illness.
This 64-slice scan uses less radiation and is quicker. This scan utilizes many X-rays from various positions. The computer then reconnects the individual slices of X-rays to develop a whole picture. The 64-slice CT provides to the doctor enhanced information allowing the doctor to come to a diagnosis.
This scan identifies diseases of internal organs, coronary arteries, tumors, and cysts. For example, if the doctor wants a CT of the heart, it is difficult to use other CT scans because it is in constant motion, changing in size.
Other CT scans make it challenging to get an accurate picture. This scan is so fast that it can capture a picture in seconds—other scans capture blurriness. The 64-slice scan is clear and concise.
When Does a Doctor Typically Prescribe a 64-Slice CT Imaging Test?
When the doctor needs an excellent view of any vital organ, such as the CT system, and soft tissue, the doctor may order a 64-slice image. This scan provides a better and clearer view of the area in question. If cancer is in question, the 64-slice CT gives the doctor a better view of the area. Other CT scans are helpful, but it is the 64-slice CT that leaves nothing in question when the doctor needs to make a definitive diagnoses.
How Does a Patient Prepare for a 64-Slice CT Imaging Test?
- If the doctor orders a 64-slice CT test, the patient cannot eat or drink two hours before the exam.
- If the doctor orders this test using an intravenous contrast dye, the patient cannot eat or drink for two hours before the CT test.
- If the doctor orders intravenous sedation, the patient cannot eat or drink six hours before the test.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment?
As a rule, the patient does not have to schedule an appointment for a 64-Slice CT because the doctor’s office makes all the arrangements for this test and lets the patient know the date, time, and preparations for testing. NTMC offers 64-Slice CT as an inpatient and outpatient service in our medical imaging department.
If you have further questions about your upcoming appointment or need to make any adjustments or arrangements, please contact us today to speak with our staff.
1900 Hospital Blvd
Gainesville, TX 76240
Hours of operation:
24-hour inpatient service, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday for outpatient procedures.