Computed Tomography (CT)
The PRMC Computed Tomography (CT) department, under the direction of Monica Davis RT(R) and Jason Stringfield RT(R), is ready to serve your imaging needs.
The newly acquired GE LightSpeed Ultra CT scanner provides exceptional images by passing the patient through a rotating ring which focuses a pencil-thin beam of X-Rays through the body. This spiral acquisition of data gives high resolution, cross sectional images of the area scanned, allowing the physician to see the internal organs and tissues.
Depending on the nature of your examination, you may be requested to drink and/or be injected with a Contrast Media. For examinations involving the abdominal or pelvic area, you may have to drink a flavored liquid that has a slightly sweet flavor to it. This highlights your bowels and visually separates them from surrounding organs.
You may also have to have an intravenous injection of an iodine solution, a contrast that flows harmlessly through your bloodstream and highlights such things as the blood vessels in your brain, heart and lungs, or the function of your liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. It flows through your system quite quickly and is disposed of during urination.
As with regular x-ray examinations, the prohibitions against having this procedure are:
- Known allergies to the contrasts used
- Renal insufficiency.
If you feel you meet any of these conditions, please let the technologist know before the examination.
The new LightSpeed Ultra's exceptional speed and thin slices provide the foundation and flexibility you need for advanced CT applications. It's the ideal CT system for every application -- from pediatric, trauma and chest/abdomen/pelvis exams, to angiography, vascular and stroke assessment.
LightSpeed Ultra scans the entire body in just 26 seconds and an average size Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis, with thin slices, in 16 seconds. Faster exams mean patients spend less time on the exam table and thinner slices deliver exceptional image quality, that minimizes re-scans and maximizes diagnostic confidence.
The bottom line is Better Patient Care, which is priority for us at PRMC.