CT Scan

Peace Medical Center offers CT scans in our Simpsonville location

A CT scan, also known as a computed tomography scan, uses specialized cross sectional pictures of structures inside the body, not limited to but including bones, muscles, organs, blood vessels, blood clots and tumors

What does a CT Scan show?

  • Abscesses
  • Aneurysms
  • Arteries And Veins
  • Blood Clots
  • Compression Fractures
  • Herniated discs
  • Kidney Stones
  • Masses in the Neck
  • Muscles and other soft tissues
  • Organs including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and intestines
  • Sinuses
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Tumors

How do you prepare for a CT exam?

Little preparation is needed for a CT exam

On the day of your exam you will be asked to wear comfortable clothing and leave metal objects such as jewelry at home, but don’t worry, if you wear something with metal to your appointment we will ask you to simply remove it during the exam

(If your CT scan requires contrast you may be asked not to eat within 3 hours of your appointment)

What should you Expect During the Exam?

If your CT scan requires a contrast dye, you may receive this as a flavored drink or through an IV

Oral contrast dye can help produce clearer pictures of your stomach or bowels whereas contrast received through an IV would help
produce clearer pictures of your blood vessels, tissues and organs

When you enter the CT room you will see the CT machine which consists of an exam table with a movable large round open cylinder attached,
which resembles a doughnut

You will be asked to lay down on the table, the CT technician will start the exam,
and the cylinder will begin to take pictures of the body part requested by your provider

The Exam itself will take  30 minutes or less, however depending on the contrast, if needed, it may take a little longer

Once completed, you will be assisted off the exam table and requested to stop by the front desk to schedule your follow visit with your physician