Injuries Can Happen at Home—What Do You Do Next?
- Head or brain trauma
- Herniated disks
- Internal organ damage
- Pulled muscles
- Torn ligamentsor tendons
CT scans are a series of X-rays that make two-dimensional, cross-sectional images of your body. CTs show more detail than traditional, flat X-rays. A CT uses a minimal amount of radiation. You will lie on a cushioned table while a circular scanner will be positioned over the parts of the body that need to be imaged. The scanner will rotate around you. A CT scan can diagnose injuries such as:
- Acute trauma
- Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding
- Fractured bones
Preparing for Your Visit
An MRI exam will last approximately 30 to 60 minutes. A CT scan will last approximately 15 to 30 minutes. For both procedures, you will be asked to remove any metal objects, such as jewelry. A contrast dye may be injected or given as a drink to help “illuminate” parts of the body being scanned or make the images clearer. If contrast dye is needed, you may be asked to fast before the procedure. You will be able to speak to the technologist during the procedure. Both procedures are painless, and you will be able to drive home afterward. Your physician will have the results within 24 hours, allowing you to get back to your home improvement projects as soon as possible.
Ask your doctor to take the next step in diagnosing your injury by ordering an MRI or CT. AHI provides a safe, cost-efficient alternative to the hospital imaging department, at a fraction of the price. Request more information about your outpatient imaging options with AHI.