Computed Tomography Scan (CT Scan)

What is a CT scan?

"CT scan" stands for computed, or computerized, tomography. A CT scan is an X-ray procedure enhanced by a computer. The result is a two or three dimensional view of a particular body part. The CT view shows both bone and soft tissue of the spine and is useful to identify fractures and causes of spinal canal compression.

What should I expect with this test?

You will be placed and gently secured on the scan table by the technologist. Next, you will be moved into the scanning chamber and the images will be taken from several different angles. While this occurs, you will likely hear humming noises from the equipment. You must remain as still as possible in order for the image to be clear. Even the slightest movement may result in the need for a repeat scan.

  • Women who are pregnant should tell their physician.
  • No special preparation is needed unless directed by your physician.
  • The scan takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete. You may resume your normal activities as soon as your test is completed.