Molokai General Hospital provides CT (Computed Tomography) Scans, a diagnostic imaging procedure using a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of organs and body parts such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, pelvis, extremities, brain, spine and blood vessels. CT scans offer more detailed images of the human anatomy than traditional x-rays. Therefore, diseases and abnormalities may be caught at their beginning stages, allowing for earlier intervention and treatment.
Some conditions may limit the use of the CT scan. The CT technologist will need to know if you have any of the following conditions: allergies, kidney disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), pregnancy, or weigh over 450 lbs.
Depending on the type of procedure being done, a contrast agent, administered orally or through an IV injection, may be used to give a clearer image of the scan. The contrast may cause a temporary warm sensation or metallic taste in your mouth.
Once you are released, you may go about your normal activities without restriction. A formal written report of your scan will be sent to your requesting doctor, who will discuss the results with you and answer any questions.
Your films will be read by a radiologist and the report sent to your doctor. Your doctor will contact you with the results and answer any questions you may have.