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    CT Scan ImagePortage Health has a 64-slice, helical CT scanner which generates data and detail quickly and accurately. We offer 24-hour staffing for X-rays and Computerized Tomography (CT).

    What is the difference between a traditional CT scanner and the 64-slice CT scanner?

    The 64-Slice CT scanner delivers high-speed, high-resolution imaging, which allows technicians to capture precise images of any area of the body, including the rapidly moving heart and lungs.

    The speed and accuracy of the 64-slice CT scanner allows reconstruction of images in any direction including #D. THis means the radiologist has more information for making an accurate diagnosis.  

    What does CT stand for?

    Computed Tomography (CT or “CAT” Scan) scanning is a rapid, painless diagnostic examination that combines x-rays and computers.

    What is CT used for?

    A CT scan allows the radiologist to see the location, nature, and extent of many different diseases or abnormalities inside your body. CT scanning can be used to obtain information about almost any body organ (such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands, lungs, and heart), blood vessels, the abdominal cavity, bones, and the spinal cord.

    Preparing for this procedure 

    • Be sure to mention the medications you take and ask if it is okay to take them before the test. 
    • If instructed, stop eating and drinking 4 hours before your CT.
    • If instructed, drink contrast (Redi-cat or Volumen, a liquid that improves the image) as directed by your physician's office or radiologist. 
    • The test takes approximately 30 minutes. Allow extra time to check in.
    • When you arrive, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown.

    Tell the technologist if: 

    • You have allergies or kidney problems 
    • You take diabetes medication 
    • You are pregnant or think you may be 
    • You ate or drank anything before the test

    What to expect during this procedure 

    • You may be given contrast through an intravenous (IV) line or by injection. 
    • You will lie on a table. The table slides into the CT scanner.
    • The technologist will ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds during your scan.

    What to expect after this procedure 

    • You can go back to your normal diet and activities right away. Any contrast will pass naturally through your body within a day. 
    • A radiologist will review your images. 
    • The radiologist will prepare a report and send it to your doctor.
    • Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up appointment or over the phone.

    Contact us

    For more information about CT scans, please contact (906) 483-1410 or (800) 573-5001 (toll free).  


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Hancock, MI 49930
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Houghton, MI 49931
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