CT - Spiral (Multi-Slice CT Scan)

Serving Latham NY

Computerized Tomography (CT or CAT) scans use a thin X-ray beam to get images of your organs, bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues. The origin of the word "tomography" is from the Greek word "tomos" meaning "slice" or "section" and "graphe" meaning "drawing. It produces cross-sectional images or "slices" of anatomy which are used for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. A Spiral CT scans the body in a spiral path which allows more images to be made in a shorter time than with older CT methods and it delivers a lower dose of radiation than traditional CT scans.

Capital Imaging Associates is a full-service diagnostic medical imaging provider with state-of-the-art equipment. We offer a range of women's health care services in Latham, Clifton Park, NY, and beyond. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us today.

Did You Know?

• Our Somatom Emotion Spiral CT unit provides advanced multi-slice spiral technology for fast, accurate CT examinations.

• The scan is 8 to 10 times faster than a traditional CT scanner, saving time and reducing radiation exposure.

• A Spiral CT produces a clearer, more defined image than traditional X-ray imaging while also eliminating the need for multiple scans.

• Spiral CT has the ability to differentiate between bone tissue, fluid, and other soft tissues. It can offer better distinctions between tissue and lesions, as well as detailed views of vascular anatomy.

Exam Prep For Computed Tomography (CT)

Frequently Asked Questions About Computed Tomography - CT

1What is Computed Tomography (CT)?

Computed Tomography, or CT, is a diagnostic procedure that combines digital X-ray techniques with computer technology. This combination makes it possible to obtain highly detailed cross-sectional images of many types of tissue, including the lungs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels which helps diagnose your condition with greater accuracy. Our multi-slice spiral CT scanner acquires higher quality images, 75% faster than previously possible.

2What are the common uses for Computed Tomography (CT)?
  • Abdomen/Pelvis: Evaluation of the liver, spleen, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, bowel, ovaries, uterus, bladder and prostate as well as aneurysms of major vessels.
  • Brain: Headaches and other brain related problems or conditions.
  • Chest: Problems associated with the lungs, mediastinum, ribs and blood vessels in the chest.
  • Extremities (arms & legs): Injuries, disease and congenital deformities.
  • Low-Dose Lung Screenings: Early detection of disease in smokers and those with previous smoking history using an extremely low dose of radiation
  • Neck: Evaluation of the neck structures and blood vessels.
  • Sinuses: Sinusitis, polyps and masses.
  • Spine: Disc herniations, arthritis and fractures.
3Is Computed Tomography (CT) safe?

CT does use radiation to acquire the images, but our Siemens Emotion scanner uses a function called “Care Dose” which automatically delivers the least amount of radiation necessary for quality images. The amount of radiation changes as we scan so that the dosage is tailored for your unique body type.

If you are pregnant or think you might be, always inform our staff prior to your exam.

4Why should I have my CT exam performed at Capital Imaging Associates?

Since our opening in 1985, our mission is to provide you, and your family, with the best medical imaging care available. Our CT program is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) ensuring that your CT is handled by experts in the field.

5What will I experience during my CT procedure?

You will be positioned comfortably on the examination table, which will be moved into the opening of the scanner. You may be asked to hold your breath while scans are being taken.

6How long will the CT procedure take?

Some exams require you to drink a contrast material prior to your test, but you will generally be on the table less than 10 minutes.

7What is contrast and how is it used?

Contrast materials, also referred to as dyes, are liquids administered to enhance the area being examined.

Abdomen and pelvic studies usually require you to drink a contrast material prior to your exam to help the radiologist differentiate your stomach and bowel from other structures.

Some CT exams require intravenous contrast, by itself or in addition to oral contrast. If intravenous contrast is necessary for your exam, it will be fully explained to you when you arrive for your exam.

8Is there any preparation for a CT?
  • SINUS, SPINE, EXTREMITIES (arms/legs), LOW DOSE LUNG SCREENINGS, DENTAL IMPLANT STUDIES – There are no restrictions prior to your CT.
  • HEAD, NECK, CHEST, ABDOMEN, PELVIS – No eating or drinking for 4 hours prior to your appointment.

You may take medications prior to any CT exam with a small amount of water.

If you wear clothing with no buttons, snaps or zippers, you will not have to undress for your exam. We will be happy to discuss any specific questions or concerns you may have about your CT. CONTACT US at 518.785.7373
9Who interprets the results and how long before my doctor receives them?

Our board-certified radiologists interpret your CT Scan. Our goal is to have a written report to your doctor within 24-36 hours of your exam. In most cases, the report is ready the same day.