Computed axial tomography ("CT" or "CAT" scan) is a way of looking inside your body using a special camera. During a CT exam at PMH, a Toshiba Aquilion 16 slice scanner takes multiple cross-section "pictures" (like slices in a loaf of bread). With the help of a computer, pictures are created which show internal body parts in much greater detail than standard X-ray films. These images greatly improve the doctor's ability to diagnose a medical condition.

Appointments available:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. For more information call 574-946-2136.

The day of your appointment

  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time so that you may complete the registration process.
  • Once you have registered for your exam you will be escorted to the Diagnostic Imaging Department where a certified technologist will explain the procedure to you.
  • CT scans generally take approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
  • If you are having a CT of the abdomen or pelvis, you will be required to change into a hospital gown.
  • Some exams such as abdomen and pelvis require contrast. In some cases it could be oral and/or IV contrast. If this is a requirement for your particular exam, the technologist will explain the process to you and then you will be asked to sign a written consent prior to the exam.
  • Once you are positioned on the table, the scan will begin. Instructions will be given throughout.
  • During the exam, the table will move very gently and slowly.
  • Once the scan is complete, the technologist will assist you off of the table, you may then change and leave.

The results of your scan will be forwarded to your referring healthcare provider who will then discuss them with you.