Computed Tomography or CT

Computed Tomography (CT) technology captures multiple wafer-thin images of a patient's anatomy within seconds. It is often the preferred technology for diagnosing cancer, visualizing tissue and bone with great clarity, including organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. Because of CT technology, Radiologists can detect tumors, bleeding and other abnormalities that an x-ray may not show.

Arcadia Radiology Medical Group has a multi-slice volume (helical) CT scanner. The Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) unit allows our Radiologists the flexibility to customize patient procedures to obtain the information they need to diagnose disease, and life threatening illnesses.  It features advanced applications in neurology and cardiology. The VCT system can capture images of a beating heart in just five heartbeats or a single organ in one second; this gives us the ability to help clinicians' diagnosis and prepare proper treatment. This means greater comfort, shorter exam times and less radiation exposure to patients.

Other CT Procedures:

Cardiac CT Angiography is the only noninvasive test that can detect, quantify, and characterize atherosclerotic plaque from its early stages to calcification. Click here for more information.

CT Enterography (CTE) is a special protocol used to identify and locate problems within the small bowel and diagnose Crohn's Disease. Click here for more information.

Using non-invasive, high-speed computerized tomography (CT), a Coronary Artery Calcification Scoring (CACS) scans the heart to get a detailed view of the heart and blood vessels, determining your risk of coronary heart disease.  Click here for more information.

What is a CT?

Computed Tomography, or also referred to as CT or CAT scan, is a safe and painless exam that uses x-ray technology to obtain images of a patient's body.   Using sectional images or "slices" of the organs, soft tissues or blood vessels the CT scan allows Radiologists to get the information they need to make a diagnosis.  CT is used in nearly every part of the body, such as the brain, organs, spine, and lungs can be viewed as a cross-section.

CT scans can help detect:

CT technology is often used when a quick diagnosis is needed and time is of the essence.  Almost 33% of emergency room patients undergo a CT scan.

How do I prepare for a CT?

To prepare for a CT scan, patients should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing without any metal clips, ties or belts. Female patients should notify our office if they are or believe they may be pregnant. Depending on the type of exam, oral and/or IV contrast may be used. This is a dye that increases the quality of the CT images.

What can I expect during and after the CT exam?

For most CT exams, you will lay face up on the CT table. The CT table will move in and out of the scanner during the exam, you just need to hold still.  There may be times when the technologist will ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds. For some body parts, or to enhance some areas, a contrast media may need to be injected.

Before the injection (if required), we will review your allergy history to ensure it is safe to give you contrast media. If you are diabetic or 60 years old and older, you will be required to have a blood test to check your kidney function before having a CT scan.

Once the CT study is complete, the patient can return to normal activity.  Fluids are encouraged to help any contrast material that was used move through the body. One of Arcadia Radiology Medical Group's Radiologists will interpret the exam and report the findings to the patient's physician.

Locations & Hours

To schedule an appointment please call (626) 445-4850

To contact the facility, please call (626) 447-0035

Arcadia Radiology Medical Group

612 W. Duarte Road, Suite 101 Arcadia, CA 91007

Monday – Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm