Extremity CT scan

What is a CT Scan of an Extremity?

This is an X-ray based procedure in which images (pictures) are taken of the bones and soft tissue of the following: arms, legs, hips, pelvis, feet, ankles, wrists, and shoulders.  

How do I prepare for the exam?

Arrive 20 minutes prior to exam time.There is no preparation for this exam. Patients should wear comfortable clothing with no metal in the area to be scanned.

Patients that have had plain X-rays or other procedures on the body part to be scanned should bring those films with them if they were done at another facility. Please note that the films will need to remain at Newton-Wellesley until the Radiologist has read the CT scan.

What will happen during the exam?

The position of the patient on the scan is dependent on the area to be scanned. The table will rise up and move in and out of a large circle. The technologist will inform you of any special instructions.  It is very important to hold still while being scanned.

How long will the procedure take?

Depending on the scan to be done and the complexity of the exam requested the scan could take 10-20 minutes.

What will happen after the exam?

After the exam, the technologist will process your images using a computer. A Radiologist will evaluate the images within 24 hours and dictate a report.  A transcription of the report will be typed and sent to your physician.

How will I learn the results?

You will get the results of the exam from your doctor.

Important: If there is any possibility that you are PREGNANT or NURSING a baby, please speak with your referring physician before your scheduled appointment.



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