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CT Scans

A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body. It uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images of your anatomy. CT images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do.

CT scans are often used in the following situations:

  • Trauma evaluation
  • Assessing damage from a severe headache or stroke
  • Diagnosing the cause of severe stomach pains
  • Diagnosing Pulmonary embolism
  • Diagnosing and tracking the spread of cancer
  • Finding complex bone fractures
  • Diagnosing sinus disorders
  • Diagnosing lung diseases

How Does it Work?

During a CT scan, you will lie down on a table that will slide into an open tube. You will be in a partially enclosed space however, the technologist performing the scan will be in constant communication checking to make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. The scan takes roughly 10-30 minutes with no injections, incisions, or anesthesia necessary.

CT Scan: What to Expect Video

Contact us at (800) 828-3627 to learn more about our imaging and radiology services at St. Croix Health.

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