The CT scan is a highly accurate imaging diagnostic used to detect abnormalities in the structures of the body. Using specialized x-ray equipment, computed tomography* is capable of providing clinicians with detailed images of these structures from a variety of angles. These are then used to create cross-sectional pictures.
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 Albuquerque
Our state-of-the-art CT scan in Albuquerque is the Phillips 64 slice multi-detector. It’s supported by the GE Discovery LS multi-slice CT scanner. Acquisition of images with this advanced, state-of-the-art equipment means less time is required for your scan.
Over the past 2 decades, XRANM has added diagnostic protocols which were once unavailable in New Mexico. We’ve taken these measures to ensure that patients in New Mexico get world-class assistance and early detection of abnormalities and anomalies.
What Should I Expect?
You’ll be asked to lie on a table. This table is then moved into the scanner (which is shaped like a doughnut). As you’re scanned, a tech will be present to observe through a window in the testing room and will be able to talk to you.
The CT machine makes a variety of noises like clicking, buzzing and humming, as it changes position to collect images.
The process is completely painless. Some patients may need a contrast agent (dye) injected to get the best images possible. If this is the case, then drinking as much water as possible will help you flush the agent from your body.
The contrast agent used at XRANM is non-ionic (which is the safest), but contrast agents all hold some potential for allergic reactions. If you’re sensitive to medication or have had a reaction to a contrast agent previously, your tech needs to know. If you take Glucovance, Glucophage or Metformin for diabetes, you’ll need to cease the medication on the day of your test and for the following 48 hours if the agent is used.
Your CT scan in Albuquerque takes about 30 minutes.
Your doctor may advise you to refrain from eating or drinking prior to your exam, depending on the type of images required. You’ll also continue taking your regular medications, unless your doctor advises otherwise. Diabetics may have to delay taking their medication until after they’ve eaten, if you’re requested to refrain from eating prior to the scan.
Other preparations may include changing into a hospital gown and removing jewelry, glasses and appliances like dentures and hearing aids. If you’re pregnant, your tech should be advised.
Leading Edge Radiology
XRANM offers a full range of advanced radiology diagnostics, including CT scan in Albuquerque. We’re the leaders in the state of New Mexico, having raised the professional bar, offering you the most advanced technologies available anywhere. As we’ve noted above, we employ only the most up-to-date equipment.
Contact us to schedule your CT scan in Albuquerque.
*Computed tomography (CT) is an imaging procedure that uses special x-ray equipment to create detailed pictures, or scans, of areas inside the body. It is sometimes called computerized tomography or computerized axial tomography (CAT).