CT Scans

CT Scans

When referred by their doctors to have CT scans, Eugene and Lane County residents turn to Willamette Valley Imaging for quick and accurate results. At our facility, we provide a caring and comfortable experience for all of our patients, because we understand that CT scans can be a nerve-wracking experience for some. We can assure you that when you choose Willamette Valley Imaging, you are choosing the best possible option for your necessary medical imaging.

About CT Scans

Computerized Tomography (“CT” or “Cat Scan”) is a rapid, painless diagnostic examination that combines x-rays and computers to construct pictures or images of the tissues in your body. CT imaging combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce a series of image slices showing the topography of the inside the body, in other words tomography.

At our facility, we have special radiation dose-reduction software, ensuring that our technicians only use enough radiation to properly do the scan, to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure.

Why a CT Scan is Needed

CT scans are used to visualize abnormalities like bone and joint problems, bone fractures, or bone tumors. This type of scan can locate blood clots, heart problems, and internal bleeding. They can also scan a patient’s:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Spine
  • Head
  • Abdomen
  • Intestines
  • Chest
  • Blood vessels
  • Bones

Why a CT Scan is Needed

CT scans are used to visualize abnormalities like bone and joint problems, bone fractures, or bone tumors. This type of scan can locate blood clots, heart problems, and internal bleeding. They can also scan a patient’s:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Spine
  • Head
  • Abdomen
  • Intestines
  • Chest
  • Blood vessels
  • Bones

CT Scan Process

The CT scan itself is non-invasive and painless. You may be asked to change into a gown and then asked to lay on a cushioned table. After being positioned properly and comfortably, you will lie on a table that will slide in and out of the large circular opening while an X-ray beam moves in a circle around the body. This creates many different views of the same organ or structure. In as soon as 10 minutes, your test will be complete and you will be finished or re-positioned for another area, if applicable.

Some CT studies require a contrast material to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels. CT contrast causes the particular organ or tissue under study to be seen more clearly by the radiologist, a doctor specially trained to review and interpret imaging exams. In this instance, you are given an I.V. in your hand or arm. Once the contrast is injected, you may feel a warm, flushed sensation, and experience a metallic taste in your mouth that lasts for about two minutes. This is all very normal.

In other cases, you will receive special instructions if your exam requires you to consume an oral contrast agent (barium sulfate) in advance.

Depending on the type of exam, your CT scan can take anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes. Our radiologist will interpret those images and send a report to your provider.

CT Scan Results

Our radiologists, who are board certified and specially trained in Neuroradiology, will review your images. The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor. Your doctor will consider this information in the context of your overall care, and talk with you about the results.

CT Scan Process

The CT scan itself is non-invasive and painless. You may be asked to change into a gown and then asked to lay on a cushioned table. After being positioned properly and comfortably, you will lie on a table that will slide in and out of the large circular opening while an X-ray beam moves in a circle around the body. This creates many different views of the same organ or structure. In as soon as 10 minutes, your test will be complete and you will be finished or re-positioned for another area, if applicable.

Some CT studies require a contrast material to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels. CT contrast causes the particular organ or tissue under study to be seen more clearly by the radiologist, a doctor specially trained to review and interpret imaging exams. In this instance, you are given an I.V. in your hand or arm. Once the contrast is injected, you may feel a warm, flushed sensation, and experience a metallic taste in your mouth that lasts for about two minutes. This is all very normal.

In other cases, you will receive special instructions if your exam requires you to consume an oral contrast agent (barium sulfate) in advance.

Depending on the type of exam, your CT scan can take anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes. Our radiologist will interpret those images and send a report to your provider.

CT Scan Results

Our radiologists, who are board certified and specially trained in Neuroradiology, will review your images. The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor. Your doctor will consider this information in the context of your overall care, and talk with you about the results.

Appointments

Be sure to contact us if, for any reason, you cannot keep your appointment. We will help you reschedule a more convenient time.

If you’re coming in from out of town, please contact us as soon as possible. We understand that traveling for your CT scans in Eugene, while living further away, can make the process a bit tricky. We value your time and we will often work with you and your doctor to schedule your appointment(s), so you do not have to make multiple trips into town.

Location

3003 N. Delta Hwy #303
Eugene, OR 97408

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening appointments available for your convenience.

541-344-9500

Location

3003 N. Delta Hwy #303
Eugene, OR 97408

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening appointments available for your convenience.