Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

Computed Tomography (CT), also known as CAT scan, is a medical imaging test that employs special x-ray equipment along with computers to generate a volumetric cross-sectional image of the inside of the body.

During the procedure, the patient is asked to lie still on a narrow examination table that slides in and out of the CT scanner. Electronic x-ray detectors and the x-ray tube rotate around the patient and collect cross-sectional images that are then sent to the computer for further processing.    

Appointment Information

  • For appointments booked more than two weeks in advance, the patient should receive a letter in the mail indicating: date, time, location of the appointment, preparation instructions, and a map.
  • For appointments booked within two weeks, the patient will be contacted directly by the ordering physician's office, or a medical imaging booking clerk, with the necessary information. 
  • The patient is responsible for providing his/her physician with the most current address, home and cell phone numbers in order to receive prompt service.

Exam Time

Up to 30 minutes. Please note that exam time may vary depending on the procedure.

The procedure is available in the following MI locations

General Information on Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

Referral Required?
Not required
Preparing for Your Visit
  • For appointments booked more than two weeks in advance, the patient should receive a letter in the mail indicating: date, time, location of the appointment, preparation instructions, and a map.
  • For appointments booked within two weeks, the patient will be contacted directly by the ordering physician's office, or a medical imaging booking clerk, with the necessary information. 
  • The patient is responsible for providing his/her physician with the most current address, home and cell phone numbers in order to receive prompt service.

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