CT & Cardiac CT At St. Joseph's
In addition to the experienced radiologists and physicians on staff in our Radiology Department, we employ the most advanced technologies available to patients in need of a CT scan. Our status as a teaching hospital, as well as our cutting-edge research at Barrow Neurological Institute, allows us to consistently provide the best and most advanced radiology and imaging care for our patients.
Our CT facilities feature multiple Light Speed multidetector array scanners which includes state-of-the-art 64-slice scanners. We perform more than 34,000 procedures each year including neuro CT with 3-D construction, virtual display, color perfusion imagining, body angiography for blood vessels, virtual colonoscopy, and peripheral angiography.
In an effort to accomodate our patients' busy schedules, we have added weekend hours, and are increasing capacity in our waiting room as our ability to see more patients grows.
What Is A CT?
A computerized tomography scan, commonly called CT or a CAT scan, produces detailed two-dimensional or 3-D pictures of a person's body using a combination of a special x-ray machine and a computer.
More complex than the traditional x-ray exam, which uses a stationary machine to focus on a particular body part, CT scans use an x-ray generating device that rotates around the body, creating multiple images. The images are sent to a very powerful computer to create cross-sectional images, like slices, of the inside of the patient's body.
Why Use A CT?
Physicians commonly request CT scans to help diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as soft tissue injuries and fractures; pinpoint the location of tumors, infections or blood clots; guide procedures' detect internal injuries and internal bleeding; and detect and monitor diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Heart and vascular patients commonly undergo a Cardiac CT to evaluate the presence of calcified plaque and soft plaque in the coronary arteries. A cardiac CT is a non-invasive way of gathering information about the amount of calcium, often represented in a calcium score.
Cardiac CT scans are recommended for patients at risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) as a screening study for uncertain diagnoses. When symptoms are present, cardiac CT can be helpful in determining the severity of CAD.
Learn More About CT Scans At St. Joseph's
For more information or to make an appointment, please call (602) 406-6700.
Our fax number is 602.406.5188.