DeFatta ENT & Allergy offers advanced imaging at its Altoona location. These tests may be ordered as part of your treatment plan developed with your ENT physician
A CT scan takes a series of X-rays from different angles to create a larger image. These images can be put together to create a two- or three-dimensional picture. The images can be viewed on a computer monitor and reviewed at your appointment. A CT scan is able to provide more detailed information than a traditional X-ray.
We are able to perform the following types of CT scans:
- Navigational CT
- Head and Neck
- Facial Bones
- Orbits and Internal Auditory Canals
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
- Ear and Temporal Bones
- Abdomen & Pelvis
A contrast solution is needed for some types of CT scans in order to highlight the area of the body that is being examined. The contrast solution blocks X-rays so it appears white on the final images. This can help identify blood vessels, lymph nodes and masses.
How to Prepare
You will be asked to
- Change out of your clothing and put on a hospital gown
- Remove all metal objects (this includes glasses, jewelry and dentures)
During the Exam
You will lie down on a narrow table that slides into the large CT scanner. This is not as narrow or small as an MRI scanner, if you have ever had one. Most people who have had problems tolerating an MRI scan are not as bothered by a CT scan. A special cradle will be attached to your head in order to make sure you remain still during the scan. The entire scan takes just a few minutes. The CT technician running the scan will sit in a separate room but can still see and hear you throughout the whole exam.
Call DeFatta ENT & Allergy Services at (715) 828-2368 for more information or to schedule an appointment.