- Body Composition Testing
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- - Osteoporosis
- - Appointment Visits
- - Safety & Treatment
- Pediatric Orthopedics
- Spine & Pain Clinic
- Sports Medicine
- Injury Walk-In Clinic
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- Minimally Invasive Procedures
- - Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
- - Direct Superior Hip Replacement
- - Hip Arthroscopy
- - Meniscal Transplant
- - Mini-Posterior Hip Replacement
- - Regenerative Orthopedics
- - PRP Therapy
- - MACI
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- - FloGraft
What is a CT scan?
CT (Computed Tomography) scans combine the use of x-rays and a computer to produce cross-sectional pictures of bone and tissue within your body. This diagnostic tool provides a quicker, more accurate diagnosis of many medical conditions that are difficult to detect with regular x-rays. CT scans are commonly used to diagnose cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
CT scanning is a great choice due to its painless, noninvasive nature. And, as an added bonus, the real time imaging of bone, blood vessels, allows doctors a full picture of what’s happening inside your body
What can I expect during my CT scan?
CT scans are fast, painless, and non-invasive. The exam typically lasts just a few minutes. You may be asked to change into clothing that does not contain metal to avoid any artifact within the CT images. You may eat and drink as normal prior to your exam.
Talk to your doctor about any recent illnesses or medical issues and the medications you’re currently taking, and inform them if there’s a possibility you could be pregnant. These factors will help the doctor determine if a CT scan is right for you. You should also let them know if you have a known allergy to contrast material so they can prescribe you medications to reduce your chance of having an allergic reaction to the test.
During the exam, your technologist will position you appropriately on the CT table. In most cases you will lie face up on your back. The table will then automatically move into the scanner and your technologist will talk to you via intercom from the control room. While inside the scanner you will be able to see your outside surroundings, but you must lie completely still as the machine rotates around you.
What can I expect after my CT scan?
After your exam, the radiologist will review the images and give a report to your doctor. Your doctor will then discuss the best plan of treatment if any is needed. You can eat and drink normally after your exam and return to normal activities. Sometimes, follow-up exams are needed soon after for further evaluation, or needed months down the road in order to monitor how a certain treatment has been working.
Iowa Ortho is American College of Radiology accredited. Being accredited by ACR is considered the gold standard of accreditation. We are committed to providing the highest level of image quality and patient safety as we maintain the standard of care established by ACR.
How do I schedule a CT scan?
· First your doctor will order your test. Outside referrals are accepted.
· Iowa Ortho’s Outpatient Testing Department will then schedule your test.
· Most insurance plans cover this test. If not it may go towards your deductible.
· CT testing will be done at Iowa Ortho’s CT department located downstairs.
For additional questions or concerns, please contact Iowa Ortho’s CT Department at 515-247-9590.