CT Extremity/Bone/Spine

C.T. Scan

A C.T. (Computerized Tomography) Scan is a test that uses a computer to make an x-ray image or picture of a very thin section of the body.

The Procedure:

You will lie on a table that can be moved into the doughnut-like scanner opening. You will be held onto the table by a strap. After your body is positioned, the camera will move around the body part being tested. An x-ray picture will be taken, and the information processed by a computer so that your body parts can be viewed in thin cross-sectional slices. It is very important that you do not move during the scan as this may blur the picture. During the scan, you will hear clicking noises.

Procedure time: Less than 30 minutes

Inpatient and Outpatient Preparation Instructions:

  1. There is no prep for bone, (spinal scans), or extremity scans.
  2. If you have had x-rays at another facility that correlate with your CT scan, please bring them with you for your appointment

For Your Information:

  1. Any woman who is pregnant, or thinks she might be, should let her doctor know before having the scan.
  2. Please inform the technologist of any known allergies. 
  3. Do not bring jewelry or large amounts of money with you.
  4. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  5. Relax and follow the directions given to you by the CT technologist. Please remember to lie still during the test to get a clear picture.
  6. You will be able to leave the x-ray department when the test is finished. Discharge instructions will be given to outpatients.
  7. The Radiologist (x-ray doctor) will “read” the scan and give the results to your doctor in 2-3 days. Your doctor will share the results of this test with you; feel free to ask the doctor if you have any questions.
  8. If you have any questions about getting ready for your test, please call 419-394-3335, ext. 3550 for assistance.

Grand Lake Health System
200 St. Clair Street, St. Marys,
Ohio 45885-2400
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