With MANA’s Toshiba Aquilion CT, your physician will have access to the highest quality images of your body for accurate diagnosis and you will experience a safer and more comfortable exam.
Although CT scans do emit X-rays, Aquilion CT scanner is built on the latest advances in low dose technology in order to reduce each patient’s exposure to radiation. This low dose technology, along with low contrast imaging procedures, ensures your physician receives the highest quality images for diagnosis while minimizing your exposure to radiation and contrast during the exam.
Why choose MANA Low Radiation CT
- Radiation exposure to the patient is 50% to 200% less than other CT scanners (depending on the type of exam)
- No reduction in image quality compared to standard CT scanners
- More comfortable exam MANA Low Radiation CT offers the largest table width and shortest adjustable bed available, making access easier for patients with special needs.
- Safer for children or anyone concerned about radiation exposure
- As an independent practice, there is no facility fee charged to the patient
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What is a CT Scan?
Computerized tomography (CT scan) — also called CT — combines a series of X-ray views taken from many different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside your body.
The resulting images can be compared to looking down at single slices of bread from a loaf. Your radiologist will be able to look at each of these slices individually or perform additional visualization to view your body from different angles. In some cases, CT images can be combined to create 3-D images. CT scan images can provide much more information than plain X-rays.
CT scanning is useful to get a very detailed 3-D image of certain parts of the body, such as soft tissues, the pelvis, blood vessels, the lungs, the brain, abdomen, and bones. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body.
What is the difference between an MRI exam and CT exam?
Although the machines look similar and both are used by radiologists to see inside your body, MRI and CT’s work differently and are used for different purposes. A CT scan uses X-rays. An MRI does not use X-rays; it uses magnets and radio waves.
Preparing for Your CT Exam
Although preparation for a CT exam is minimal, there are a few things you may need to do prior to your exam.
- Let your doctor know if you may be pregnant.
- Discuss all current medications with your doctor.
- Inform your doctor of any allergies to iodine or conditions such as asthma.
- Your doctor may ask you to refrain from eating or drinking leading up to your exam to ensure optimum image clarity.
- You may be asked to drink an oral contrast solution that will help specific parts of your body stand out more in the CT scan.
What to Expect During Your CT Exam
In addition to being one of the most effective forms of advanced imaging, a CT scan is also one of the easiest for you, the patient.
- For the sake of image clarity you may be asked to wear a gown and remove all jewelry and other metallic items.
- A contrast medium is sometimes used to make specific parts of the body appear more visible. Administered through a small IV, the contrast medium may create a slight warming sensation.
- Once the exam begins, your examination table will move slowly into position inside the scanner’s donut-shaped opening.
- Throughout the scan you will be asked to remain still and may be asked to hold your breath for short periods of time. A video or audio coaching system will help guide you through the exam process.
- Most exams take 15 minutes or less.
- Since there are no lingering effects from your CT scan, after the exam you are free to resume all normal activities unless otherwise directed by your physician.
The Evolution of CT Technology
With patient care in mind, the Toshiba Aquilion CT scanner utilizes SURETechnologies™ applications specifically designed to deliver the highest image quality possible while minimizing the amount of radiation and contrast dose exposure for patients.
SUREExposure automatically adjusts the dose levels each patient receives based on their size. That way, your physician is able to acquire the highest quality images with the least possible amount of exposure to radiation. Using stateof- the-art software that sharpens the image, SUREExposure provides optimum image quality at lower radiation levels, enabling physicians to gather the information they need with up to 40% less radiation.
Because of their size and increased sensitivity to radiation, it is even more critical to limit the amount of radiation exposure to pediatric patients. With SUREExposure Pediatric, physicians have access to all the dose reduction benefits of SUREExposure while easily adjusting to the specific needs of each child. Simply by entering the patient’s age or weight, SUREExposure Pediatric automatically makes the adjustments needed to acquire the quality images their physician needs to make accurate diagnoses with the least radiation possible.
Scheduling a CT Exam
Your physician’s office can schedule a CT exam by calling (479) 582-7383. MANA Imaging is in-network with most insurance plans and offers competitive self-pay rates. MANA’s Low Dose CT is located in Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic.
3344 N. Futrall Drive, Fayetteville, AR
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