Computed Tomography (CT), also known as CAT scan, is a medical imaging test that employs special x-ray equipment along with computers to generate a volumetric cross-sectional image of the inside of the body. During the procedure, the patient is asked to lie still on a narrow examination table that slides in and out of the CT scanner. Electronic x-ray detectors and the x-ray tube rotate around the patient and collect cross-sectional images that are then sent to the computer for further processing.
- For appointments booked more than two weeks in advance, the patient should receive a letter in the mail indicating: date, time, location of the appointment, preparation instructions (pdf), and a map.
- For appointments booked within two weeks, the patient will be contacted directly by the ordering physician's office, or a medical imaging booking clerk, with the necessary information.
- The patient is responsible for providing his/her physician with the most current address, home and cell phone numbers in order to receive prompt service.
CT Preparation Instructions for Outpatients
Up to 30 minutes
*Please note that exam time may vary depending on the procedure.
The procedure is available in the following MI locations: