CT scans are images taken with X-rays and a specialized computer. The scans provide cross-sectional "slices" of major body systems. High-resolution scans of small, intricate body structures are performed routinely. CT scanning is the preferred technology to diagnose many conditions, including stroke, brain injury, chest and abdominal pain, and the diagnosis of certain cancers. Lake Health has five state of the art multi-slice spiral CT scanners offering the most advanced CT technology available while improving patient comfort and safety.
The 64 slice CT scanners allow Lake Health the ability to provide CT coronary artery angiography, while our 16 slice scanners with fluoroscopy technology allow for faster CT biopsy procedures. Both state of the art multi-slice spiral CT scanners are available at TriPoint Medical Center and West Medical Center. The Mentor Campus Outpatient Imaging Center also has a 16 slice CT scanner capable of high resolution imaging for outpatient CT imaging needs The low table height on all of our systems allow for easier access for the less ambulatory patients, and fast, single breath hold imaging technology allows for superior imaging with less discomfort. The new dose reduction technology decreases the patient radiation dose by up to 40%, while the automated applications select the scanning parameters for the best image at the lowest dose.
What to Expect
During a CT scan, you will lie on a table. The table will move slowly into a large doughnut-shaped scanner. You will be asked to lie still for a short period for each "slice" scanned and you may be asked to hold your breath at times. You may receive an IV contrast dye and may experience a warm sensation and a metallic taste in your mouth because of the injection. These sensations usually disappear in a short time. For an abdominal scan, you may be asked to drink Barium before the exam. The scan causes no pain and the technologist can see, hear and speak with you throughout the exam.
A radiologist will interpret your exam and a report will be sent to your physician, who will discuss the results with you.
Preparing for Your CT Scan
If you have had an allergic reaction to contrast dye, please let your physician know. It may be necessary to take medication for several days prior to your exam to prevent an allergic reaction.
Do not eat or drink for four hours before the exam.
Take your usual medications with a small amount of water unless directed otherwise.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Inform your physician or technologist if you are or may be pregnant.
Please register 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Please bring a complete list of your medications, vitamins and supplements to your appointment.
Please bring the physician order to your appointment.
Scheduling an Appointment
CT scan is performed by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment by calling Lake Health's Centralized Scheduling Department at 1-866-652-5253.
Are You at Risk for Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer. This is due in part because lung cancer is often not found until it has already spread. Lung cancer screening with CT scanning has been shown to find lung cancer at an earlier stage and has been proven to reduce your chances of dying from lung cancer by 20%.
Are you eligible for low-dose CT scanning for lung cancer?
People between the ages of 55 and 80, who smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years (or two packs a day for 15 years) are eligible for the lung cancer screening. Call your primary care physician to determine if you are eligible. The $122 fee may be reimbursed by your insurance. To find out if you are eligible, please call your primary care physician - a physician referral is required for these screenings.
Is the lung cancer screening covered by insurance?
The cost of the lung cancer screening may be reimbursed by insurance. Medicare will cover the cost of the screening for patients age 55-77 who have had a consultation with their doctor.