A multi-slice CT scan uses multiple x-rays to produce a single scan. These scans are often ordered when doctors need a clear picture of potential damage to internal organs. Multi-slice CT scans can give physicians cross-sectional images of the abdomen, pelvis, spine, head and chest, as well as other internal parts of the body that need to be assessed.
How Does a Multi-slice CT Scan Work?
A multi-slice CT scan uses x-ray beams that follow a spiral path around the body so that the radiology equipment can capture images. This allows the computer to visually dissect each organ and tissue into cross-sections, which gives doctors a clear image of what is happening inside the body without performing surgery.
Why Do Doctors Order Multi-slice CT Scans?
Doctors often order multi-slice CT scans when they are concerned about internal organs or tissues. They frequently order these scans for:
- Kidney stones
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Other injuries or illnesses
Doctors may also order a multi-slice CT scan to help assess patients in a trauma setting or to look for infection.
What Can I Expect During the Multi-slice CT Scan?
A multi-slice CT scan is painless, and you may receive a dye to help doctors see issues more clearly. The dye may cause you to notice a warming sensation as the scan progresses. You will be asked to lie down on a padded table, and the table will then be slowly moved into the scanning ring or tunnel. You will need to be still during the scan so that the images are as clear and accurate as possible. The technician will be in a separate room monitoring the images that come up on the computer screen, and you will be asked to remain in place until he has determined that the images are clear and precise. The length of the scan can vary depending on the types of images that your doctor wants to see.
How Can I Prepare for the Multi-slice CT Scan?
You should dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes for the scan, and you should avoid wearing metal jewelry or accessories. If you wear dentures or hearing aids, you should tell the technician before the scan in case you need to remove them. If you have been sick or on medications, you should tell your doctor because these can affect the accuracy of the multi-slice CT scan. If there is a chance you may be pregnant, you should tell your doctor and the technician. If the doctor has ordered a dye, you may be asked to avoid eating or drinking anything prior to the scan, and he may prescribe medication to prevent an allergic reaction to the dye.
Whether you have been in an accident or are worried about pain that you are experiencing, we have the equipment, technicians and doctors on hand to help you if you need a multi-slice CT scan. Our board-certified physicians will get you taken care of, within the comforts of our fully-stocked facility. Schedule an emergency room appointment with us.