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CT and CTA Scans

CT and CTA Scans

CT scans combine a series of X-rays from many different angles to create cross-sectional images of your bones and soft tissues. They can distinguish between bone, tissue, fat, gas and fluid — giving them an extremely important role in the diagnosis of many medical conditions at Rochelle Community Hospital. This includes:

CT versus CTA Scans

CTA scans are similar to CT scans with the exception that a contrast material is used to show further detail in a blood vessel. This replaces the need for more invasive, time-consuming procedures to visualize blood flow in the body.  CTA scans are used to:

What to Expect during a CT Scan

You’ll be asked to lie on a table that slides into a large doughnut-shaped machine. Pillows and straps may be used to keep you in position. The table will slide through the machine as the machine circles around you. You may hear buzzing, clicking and whirring noises as images are taken. An IV/oral contrast may need to be given depending on the type of exam.

How to Prepare for a CT Scan

Schedule a CT Scan

You may schedule your CT scan at Rochelle Community Hospital by calling 815-562-2181, ext. 1350. We must have your doctor’s order on file before your CT scan may be scheduled.