Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

What is it?

A computed tomography (CT) scan, also sometimes called a CAT scan, is a diagnostic imaging test that uses a combination of x-ray images from various angles around your body and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images of the body (including bones, blood vessels and soft tissues).

Why is it performed?

A CT scan can be used for a number of reasons. It’s often used as a quick way to look for or rule out internal injuries from physical traumas. Additionally, a CT scan can be used to examine almost all parts of a patient’s body and can help a physician diagnose and injury or disease as well. In many cases, a CT is also used for treatment planing.

A physician may order a CT scan to:

  • Look for internal bleed or injuries
  • Diagnose certain disorders of the muscles or bones (this includes bone tumors and fractures)
  • Identify and evaluate diseases or conditions, such as heart disease, liver masses, cancer and more. 
  • Plan surgery, guide a biopsy or some other treatment or procedure. 
  • Locate a tumor/mass, blood clot or an infection.
  • Determine the effectiveness of treatment for certain conditions, such as cancer.
CT machine

Greater Comfort and Care

CT scans are performed in our Diagnostic Imaging Departments in both Spring Valley and Peru using our Toshiba Aquilion™ PRIME CT machines. These types of CT machines are much quicker and safer than standard CT scanners. The Toshiba Aquilion™ PRIME CT machines were developed to provide better imaging and low dose radiation for every patient, every time. 

The impressive design of our CT scanners accommodate every patient, pediatric to bariatric and everyone in between. The reconfigured table and larger opening offer patients greater comfort and increases operator efficiency with a host of ergonomic enhancements. 

Spring Valley Diagnostic Imaging Department:

(815) 664-1365

Peru Diagnostic Imaging Department:

(815) 780-3280

ATTENTION!

 

Pertaining to COVID-19 Testing:

Due to critical shortages of supplies, St. Margaret’s Health is no longer testing walk-in patients for COVID-19; a physician’s order IS REQUIRED. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please isolate at home, wear a mask and IF symptoms develop, contact your physician to request an order to be tested.

Having symptoms? In order to be tested for COVID-19, Influenza (Flu), Strep, RSV, or to receive a Respiratory Array test, patients MUST have a doctor’s order. Contact your medical care provider. Please DO NOT visit the testing center in Spring Valley without a physician’s order, OR visit an Emergency Department for testing.

There are many sites throughout the Illinois Valley that are still currently testing without physician’s orders, although appointments may be required.  Please refer to local pharmacies and health departments websites, or visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/testing-sites for more information.

Thank you!

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