An Extremity CT scan is utilized to check for abnormalities in any bony structure.
Who performs the procedure?
The procedure is performed by a CT Technologist with the assistance of a Radiologist.
Why is this procedures done?
This procedure is done to display and distinguish many different types of tissue in the same region, including bone, muscle, soft tissue and blood vessels. It helps to evaluate if there are any abnormities within or surrounding the extremity of interest.
Where is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed in the CT Department of UIC, located at 419 West Redwood St., Suite 110, Baltimore MD, 21201.
Are there any preps for this procedure?
No, there are no preps for this procedure.
What can I expect before this procedure?
Once you arrive at the UIC, you will have to register at the front desk. Please have your insurance information ready at this time. You may have to get changed into a gown if there is any metal on your clothing. The Technologist will explain the procedure to you and escort you to the CT room.
What can I expect during this procedure?
You will be lying on your back on the CT table and the extremity of interest will be scanned. You will be asked to hold your breath for brief periods of time and you will have to remain still during the scan.
How long is the procedure?
The scan is about 35 seconds, but plan on being with us for approximately 15 minutes.
What can I expect after this procedure?
After the procedure,the results are sent to your doctor and you may resume normal activity.
Are there any risks with this procedure?
There is a very low risk that one may have from the exposure to radiation. CT emits a very low dose of radiation.
Are there any alternatives to this procedure?
MRI and X-rays are both alternatives to this procedure.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Please contact a UIC Receptionist at 410-328-3225 to schedule an appointment.
This page was last updated: April 16, 2013