CT Scans are available at these locations:
Multi-slice CT Scans
64-slice CT scans
Computed Tomography (CT Scan) uses powerful X-Rays to helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
CT scans can also be known as CAT Scans. CT imaging combines special X-Ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple cross sectional images or pictures of the inside of the body. This imaging technique is very sensitive and provides great clarity when studying internal organs, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels, and reveals more details than regular X-Ray exams. With this technology radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, vascular disorders, infectious disease, trauma, and musculoskeletal disorders. 64-slice and multi-slice CT are effective and patient-friendly exams with shorter scan times.
Southtowns Radiology specializes in the following CT studies:
Image Guidede Sinus Scans
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CT Exams we offer include:
Renal Stone Protocol
Sinuses (Image Guided)
Soft Tissue Neck
Experience the Southtowns Difference for your CT Scan
Southtowns Radiology is committed to offering you the best experience possible during your CT Scan. Our Hamburg office offers multi-slice technology while our Orchard Park office provides advanced 64-slice CT technology. Each of our Phillips scanners features iDose Technology, a dose reduction technique that offers high quality imaging with a 50% reduction in radiation to the patient.
Radiation levels in CT scanning have been an increasing concern for physicians and patients in recent years. Exposure to radiation is an important concern for younger patients, women of childbearing age and patients whose diagnosis requires additional follow up scans.
The advanced iDose technology on our scanners adds greater peace of mind for patients while actually improving image quality through Orthopedic Metal Artifact Reduction (O-MAR) prevention and increased spatial resolution. O-MAR technology reduces artifacts seen on images that result from orthopedic or metal implants in the body.
Both our Hamburg and Orchard Park offices, where CT Scans are offered, are accredited in Computed Tomography by the American College of Radiology. Our technologists have earned and maintain their certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and hold an ARRT CT licensure.
How can I prepare for my CT Scan?
All medical imaging studies, including CT exams, require a prescription and a pre-scheduled appointment.
Prescriptions can be faxed directly from the healthcare provider’s office to Southtowns Radiology at 716.649.9005, or you can bring your written order from your healthcare provider. Same-day appointments will be offered when available.
You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
Test preparation depends on the type of CT and whether contrast was ordered by the referring healthcare provider. Specific instructions may be given by the ordering physician’s office.
For all CT Scans:
Metal, including those found in undergarments from the waist up, need to be removed.
Preparation for other tests:
Cardiac Calcium Scoring: You must refrain from caffeine for 24 hours and smoking for four hours prior to your scan. You will have 3 monitors attached to your chest and the process takes approximately 10 minutes.
Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening: Most patients remain in their own clothes; however, metal, including those found in undergarments from the waist up, need to be removed.
How will I receive the results from my CT Scan?
Following your CT scan at Southtowns Radiology, your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists. They will provide a detailed report, which may include recommendations for follow up, to your healthcare provider. Reports are typically provided within 24 hours or on the next business day. You should expect to hear your scan results from your healthcare provider directly.
If you are enrolled in HEALTHeLINK, your images and our radiologist’s report will be available for your healthcare provider to access and to review electronically in your record. Southtowns Radiology will also send the report to any other medical professionals, including specialists or primary care providers, that you indicated should receive a copy.
Your healthcare providers are able to access the images taken during your CT Scan, and our radiologist’s report, anytime via our secure physician portal. Southtowns Radiology can provide copies of your CT images on CD when requested by you or your provider.
If you still have questions—we’re here to help. Give us a call at 716.649.9000.