A CAT (Computer Assisted Tomography) Scan is also known as a CT scan. Our Low Dose CT scanner performs spiral scans using cross-sectional x-rays (called slices) of the body. These extremely thin slices are acquired using a low dose X-ray beam, minimizing radiation exposure and generating greater detail than a regular X-ray can provide. The results are detailed visualizations of internal organs as well as soft tissues. Our Low Dose CT comes equiped with ASiR(Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction) software, which utilizes sophisticated image reconstruction algorithms to provide the highest quality images while drastically reducing radiation dose by up to 40 percent compared to other CT Scanners in the area. Our Low Dose CT is also ACR Accredited which means it meets the high standards established by the American College of Radiology. Hoboken Radiology also complies with both the Image Gently and Image Wisely campaigns. The Image Gently campaign is an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, whose goal is to increase the awareness of the opportunities to lower radiation dose in the imaging of children. The Image Wisely campaign is a joint task force effort between the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America whose objective is to lower the amount of radiation used in medical imaging in adults.
About The Procedure
Depending upon the type of CT Scan being administered, you may be asked to drink a flavored liquid (oral contrast) in order to better evaluate a specific area of the body. Certain CT Scans require the use of another type of contrast that is administered intravenously. You will be asked to lie flat on a CT table which will then move so that the specific area of the body that is being examined can be scanned. During the exam you will be able to see out of either end of the scanner and are never fully enclosed. The technologist will be in communication with you via a two-way microphone as you are constantly visually monitored throughout the exam. The exam time can range anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes per study. The CT Scanner is a Multi-Slice machine which minimizes actual table time and exposure to x-ray’s. The exam is then read by one our Board Certified Radiologists and a report is generated and forwarded to your physician.
Hoboken Radiology also administers Dental Scans utilizing our Low Dose CT with ASiR Technology. We are able to provide fast, superior dental imaging while greatly minimizing radiation exposure by up to 40%. We also offer a very competive price if your insurance doesn’t cover this scan. Contact us for further information.