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CT Scan

What is a CT Scan?

Diagnostic Services | CT

In a computerized tomography (CT) scan, also called a CAT scan, a computer combines x-ray images from different body angles to create a cross-section of tissues, organs and even blood vessels.

OSF Saint Francis uses advanced technology that provides fast and accurate images with the lowest dose of radiation exposure, thanks to sophisticated dose-reduction software.

How to prepare for your CT scan

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment for registration.

Pregnancy tests are required for females ages 11 through 55. Please be prepared to provide a urine sample upon your arrival at the testing facility. Your physician’s office should order this test.

If you have x-rays from another facility bring them with you, or request that your physician’s office send them.

Wear comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing anything with metal, including zippers, snaps, jewelry, hearing aids, dentures and more.

You may be instructed to fast for four hours before the exam.

Some exams will require contrast material to enhance the CT images. This material can be swallowed, injected through an IV or inserted via enema.

In rare cases, patients experience allergic reactions to iodine-containing contrast material. Inform your physician if you have experienced such an allergy in the past. If so, pre-medication may be ordered by your physician prior to your exam.

Nursing mothers who have been exposed to contrast material should wait 24 hours before nursing. During this 24-hour period, breast milk should be pumped and discarded.

Getting the results

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In most cases, your imaging exam will be interpreted within 24 hours.

Please keep in mind that your doctor’s office may need additional time to incorporate the report into your personal medical record.



OSF Center for Health - Glen Park
5114 N Glen Park Place
Peoria, Illinois 61614
Appointments available Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

OSF Center for Health - Morton
435 Maxine Drive, Suite 2
Morton, Illinois 61550
Appointments available Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

OSF Center for Health - Route 91
8800 N. Route 91
Peoria, Illinois 61615
Appointments available Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center - Main Campus
530 NE Glen Oak
Peoria, Illinois 61637
Appointments available Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Call (309) 683-4939 or (888) 627-5673 to make an appointment

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