Computed Tomography (CT) $400 – $600

page-photo001What is CT Scanning?

Computed tomography, more commonly known as a CT scan, is a diagnostic medical test that, like traditional x-rays, produces multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels typically provide greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels. CT imaging is one of the fastest and most accurate tools for examining the chest, abdomen and pelvis and is often the best method for detecting various cancers, diagnosing spinal problems, injuries, vascular diseases and pulmonary embolisms. The procedure uses X-ray technology to produce a three-dimensional image of a cross-section of your body. Computed tomography (CT) scans are safe, quick and painless. Today’s radiographic technology allows for high-resolution images with extremely low doses of radiation. The amount of radiation used provides much greater benefits than risks.

Price without contrast: $400

Price with contrast: $500
Price with & without contrast: $600


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  • Provides early diagnosis of diseases in their most curable stages
  • Improves the accuracy of a diagnosis through more detailed views
  • Examines the brain, typically a difficult area to study
  • Detects enlarged lymph nodes, lung cancer,  back problems and organ diseases, such as pancreatic disease
  • Reduces the need for exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures, which might have associated risks (in some situations)
  • Accommodates larger patients on our scanning table, rated for higher weight support

CT imaging is used to perform a variety of exams, including bone density studies for osteoporosis, limited sinuses, chest, abdomen and brain.


Your CT scan will take approximately 30 minutes. The technologist will help position you on a padded table, which is part of the CT scanner. It is important you do not move while the scan is being taken. Otherwise, you may need to undergo the procedure again. The number of pictures taken varies, according to the body part being examined.

The table you will lie on will be positioned to move inside a large ring, called a gantry. After the procedure begins, the table will move a small distance every few minutes as a new image is taken. You will hear sounds of gears and motors as you move through the gantry, signaling the imaging process is in operation.

An X-ray tube inside this gantry will focus a narrow beam of X-rays across a slice of your body. Receptors, also inside the gantry, will relay X-ray information to a computer. The X-ray tube will rotate around the body, while scanning it.

A computer will analyze the receptor’s readings and then convert this information into an image on a video screen. A Northwest Radiology board-certified physician trained in computed tomography will study this image and determine if more tests are needed.

Northwest Radiology has multi-slice CT for superior imaging quality and faster scanning time.

This CT provides remarkable speed and image quality in routine imaging.

Our imaging centers offer extended hours, including early mornings, evenings and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, please call 317-XRAY NOW (972-9669)/800-400-XRAY (9729), or submit an appointment request on our website.


Our 50 radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology, are members of the American College of Radiology, and have received subspecialty fellowship training following their residencies in diagnostic radiology.

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What to Expect from Your CT Procedure

 

Watch this video to learn how to prepare for your CT procedure and get the clearest images from your exam.