Each exam is tailored to each patient's symptoms and area of interest. Some exams take 5 minutes and others 15 minutes. For the majority of patients who are having their abdomen and/or pelvis scanned we require them to drink a special drink up to 2 hours prior to the scan time. Although we do not consider this scan time, you must allow for this drinking time when scheduling a procedure.
Low-Dose Screening CT is designed to supplement or replace routine Chest X-rays. It is specifically designed to screen for pulmonary nodules, and is neither designed nor intended to screen for abnormalities elsewhere in the thorax (i.e.- heart, aorta, lymph nodes, bones). The test is specifically designed to rapidly screen the lungs using the least amount of radiation exposure, to allow detection of pulmonary nodules. No intravenous or oral contrast is used.
Frequently Asked Questions
CT imaging itself is painless. The patient is required to remain motionless during the examination (which is difficult for some people), but the actual scan causes no bodily sensation.
Frequently Asked Questions
The length of a complete CT examination varies, depending on the type of CT required. Procedures usually take between 10 and 45 minutes. Some of the more complicated CT examinations take longer than 45 minutes.
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The dual slice helical CT scan is very fast. Once you are on the CT table the scans are performed during a single breath-hold, usually 20-30 seconds.
Body Scan - Full, Whole, Total Body Scan Imaging
The CT scanner is a large machine with tunnel housing in the center. A moveable examination table slides into and out of this tunnel. In the center of the machine, the x-ray tube and electronic x-ray detectors are located opposite each other- and rotate around the patient. The images generated are processed by a computer. Recent advances in scanning technology allow new CT scanners to obtain multiple images in a single rotation.
The Colorado Trail Frequently Asked Questions
We do not have exact numbers of those who have completed the CT. Individuals who have completed the CT can receive a completion certificate by contacting The Colorado Trail Foundation office. Time for completion usually takes from 4 to 6 weeks if one wants to thru-hike. Some people complete the trail by hiking sections over the course of several seasons.
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The screening CT scan is a low-dose scan, which means very little radiation is used. The radiation dosage is similar to that of a mammogram.
Lung Scan FAQ
You may schedule a CT Lung Cancer Screening exam without a referral (prescription). Because this is a new screening procedure, please be aware that this exam is not covered by Medicare or insurance at this time. The results of your exam will be sent to your physician.
Lung Scan FAQ
Our state of the art Spiral CT equipment produces a very low dose of x-ray exposure with negligible adverse effects. With 8-10 seconds of actual exposure, the risks are not much different from the risks one assumes in everyday life such as driving or flying in an airplane.
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The radiation from a low-dose screening CT exam is very minimal and is approximately equal to that received from a standard chest x-ray or from flying in a commercial jet across the country. What does the procedure involve? On the day of the exam after registering at the front desk, the patient will be asked to complete a brief lung cancer risk factor questionnaire. Then, the patient lies down on the Spiral CT scanner table and is positioned for the exam by the technologist.
During the examination, the rotating device spins around the patient, creating a fan-shaped beam of x-rays, and the detector takes snapshots of the beam after it passes through the patient. As many as one thousand of these pictures may be recorded in one turn of the detector.
Before your exam, a registered CT technologist or an RN will review your medical history ask you some questions and answer any questions you may have. They will describe what will happen and will remain in contact with you at all times during the procedure. If you are having "intravenous contrast" you will be required to sign a consent form at this point.