Imaging at The Queen’s Medical Center – West O‘ahu offers computed tomography, also called a CT or CAT scan, a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses 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. This allows Queen’s imaging specialists to catch diseases and abnormalities at their beginning stages, allowing for earlier intervention and treatment.
The length of your test will vary depending on what the doctor has ordered, however, please expect the procedure, to between 10 to 45 minutes. Once you are released, you may go about your normal activities without restriction.
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.
Your results will be read by a radiologist and the report will be sent to your doctor. Your doctor will contact you with the results and answer any questions you may have.
Some conditions may limit the use of the CT scan. Let the CT technologist know if you have any of the following conditions:
Find updated information about this modality from the Radiological Society of North America.