Computed tomography (CT) scans, also called computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans, are a medical imaging method that uses X-rays to generate detailed cross-sectional images of the body. These image _slices are used to detect broken bones, cancers, blood clots, signs of heart disease and internal bleeding.

Tomo Image

HCA Virginia offers several types of CT scanning,

including Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Electron-Beam Computed Tomography (EBCT/Ultrafast CT), and Single-Proton Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)Radiation Right demonstrates our commitment to radiation safety and to providing the lowest possible radiation dose.

How You Benefit

CT scanning is fast, painless and usually non-invasive. Compared to regular X-rays, a CT scan provides extremely detailed high-resolution images, and it captures bone, soft tissue and blood vessels all at the same time.

What to Expect

A CT scan is painless and usually takes only 10-15 minutes. Depending on the type of scan, an intravenous (IV) needle may be placed in your hand or arm and used to inject a contrast dye during the test.

More information about computed tomography scanning, including what to expect and when to call your doctor, is available at our online Health Library.