Diagnostic Testing Using a Neurological CT Scan on the Central Coast
A neurological CT scan, also called a neurological computed tomography scan, allows your doctor to view structures in your brain and spinal cord. This type of brain scan creates images detailed enough to help your doctor diagnose a neurological condition.
You may have heard conversations referring to CT scans and wondered how they are used. Dignity Health Central Coast’s team of neurologists can diagnose a wide range of brain and spine conditions using neurological CT scans on the Central Coast.
Have questions about symptoms you are experiencing? Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health Central Coast to explore the benefits of neurological CT scans.
Neurological Care & the CT Scan at Dignity Health Central Coast
Your doctor may recommend that you have a neurological CT scan test to help diagnose or rule out a spine or brain condition, such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal stenosis
- Aneurysm or other vascular abnormality
- Stroke or blood clots
- Cysts or brain tumors
- Herniated spinal discs
A contrast dye, which helps your doctor better see certain structures, may or may not be used as part of your test. If your scan doesn’t require use of contrast dye, your test will take about 30 to 60 minutes. This painless, noninvasive test can be performed at an imaging center or at one of our Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals.
An intravenous (IV) injection is needed if contrast dye is part of your procedure. Some people report a metallic taste from the dye, or feeling cold or hot.
What to Expect with a Neurological Computed Tomography Scan
During the test itself, you will lie down on a table that slides through the computed tomography scanner. Sedation during the procedure is an option if you feel claustrophobic during this test.
A neurological CT scan is considered very safe. You will be able to return to your normal activities following your procedure.
Connect with a Dignity Health Central Coast expert about diagnostic tests, including neurological CT scans. You can trust our neurological teams to provide comprehensive care for any condition that’s diagnosed as a result of your test.
Dignity Health doctors provide personalized care for neurological conditions that require diagnostic tests, such as neurological CT scans, throughout California’s Central Coast.