Computerized tomography – also called CT, CT scan or CAT scan – is an x-ray that produces detailed images of your internal organs. CTs use an x-ray-sensing unit that rotates around the patient to create cross-sectional images (like slices) of the inside of the body.
For example, a conventional x-ray of the abdomen shows bones as well as the subtle outlines of the liver, stomach, intestines, kidney and spleen. In addition, a CT can reveal the pancreas, adrenal glands, uterus and blood vessels – all with a higher degree of precision. CT is a non-invasive way to view internal organs and tissues.
Unlike MRI, CT exams can be performed on patients with a pacemaker or cardioverter defibrillator. If a woman is pregnant or suspects she might be, her doctor may suggest postponing the procedure or choose an alternative exam that doesn’t involve radiation, such as an ultrasound or MRI.
In CT angiography (CTA), computerized tomography using a contrast material is injected into a peripheral vein to produce detailed images of both blood vessels and tissues.
CT angiography is used to examine blood vessels in key areas of the body, including the brain, neck, lungs, heart, abdomen, pelvis and legs.
Extended CT Hours on Saturday
Convenient Saturday hours are now available for CT imaging at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.
Additional Imaging Information
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a radiologist, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.996.8080.
We are conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 on Olive Blvd., at Olive and Mason in Creve Coeur, Missouri - a west county suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Get directions to our Imaging Locations.