The CT scan is a precision imaging diagnostic used to find anomalies in the structures of the body. Computed tomography, using specialized x-ray equipment, provides medical professionals with detailed captures of these structures from a series of angles. These series are then used to create cross-sectional images.
At X-Ray Associates of New Mexico, we employ state-of-the-art equipment and high-resolution images which reduce scanning time. In addition, we know you need answers. So, our same-day imaging reflects our commitment to caring and to your wellbeing.
CT scan in Santa Fe
Our advanced CT scan in Santa Fe is the Phillips 64 slice multi-detector, supported by the GE Discovery LS multi-slice CT scanner. Images acquired with this state-of-the-art technology mean less time is needed for your scan.
Over the past 20 years, XRANM has added diagnostic technologies which were once unavailable in our state. We’ve done this to make sure that patients in New Mexico get first-class assistance and early detection of anomalies which may indicate cancer.
What to expect
Your technician will ask that you lie on a table. This table is moved into the scanner (which is shaped like a doughnut). As you’re scanned, your tech will observe through a window in the testing room and will be able to communicate to you.
The CT machine makes noises like clicking, humming and buzzing, as its position is adjusted to collect pictures.
The process is totally painless. Some patients may require a contrast agent (dye) to be injected to render the best possible images. Drinking as much water as possible after your CT scan will help you flush the dye from your body.
The contrast agent used at XRANM is non-ionic. This is the safest type in use. But contrast agents may all potentially cause allergic reactions.
If you’ve had a reaction to a contrast agent previously, or if you’re sensitive to medication, make sure your tech’s aware. If you take Glucophage, Glucovance, or Metformin for diabetes, you’ll be asked to stop taking it on testing day and for 48 hours afterwards, if the agent is used.
Your CT scan in Santa Fe takes about 30 minutes.
How to prepare
Your doctor may ask you to not to eat or drink prior to your test, depending on the kind of images needed. You’ll also keep taking your regular medications, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Diabetics may need to wait to take their medication until after they’ve eaten, if you’ve been asked not to eat prior to your scan.
You may also be asked to change into a hospital gown and remove jewelry, glasses and appliances like hearing aids and dentures. Your tech should be advised if you’re pregnant.
Excellence in radiology
XRANM offers comprehensive advanced radiology diagnostics, including CT scan in Santa Fe. We’re New Mexico’s leaders having raised the bar in our sector, offering you the most advanced technologies available anywhere. All our equipment is the most advanced in existence, with 6 clinics across the state.
Contact us to book your CT scan in Santa Fe.