Also known as CAT scan (computerized axial tomography), CT scanning provides cross-sectional imaging of the body. The origin of the word "tomography" is the Greek word "tomos" meaning "slice". A CT scan produces cross-sectional images or "slices" of a patient's anatomy. The cross-sectional images are used for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
If you are having a CT of the abdomen or pelvis, you will be required to fast for 4 hours prior to the examination and you will need to drink water or sometimes barium sulfate at the office prior to the exam. If your physician ordered your CT scan examination with intravenous contrast injection, and you haven't had blood-work (to include BUN and Creatinine levels) performed within the last three months, it will be necessary to do so before the CT examination can be performed. Confirming a normal BUN and Creatinine level indicates your kidneys function sufficiently to properly flush the contrast material from your system.
If you wear comfortable clothing that does not contain any metals, bra underwire, snaps or zippers you will be permitted to keep your clothing on for the examination.
PLEASE BRING ANY PRIOR CT or MRI (CD or Film) with you for comparison purposes, if they were not performed at North Fork Radiology, or one of our other locations page.PATIENT FORMS >