What is a CT Exam?
Berkshire Health Systems offers a full range of CT examinations utilizing the latest technology along with licensed Radiologic Technologists and board certified Radiologists. CT scans involve a special form of x-ray that uses computer technology to produce cross-sectional images. These images allow providers to see ‘inside the body,’ providing information to help you and your doctor to make better decisions about your healthcare.
A CT scanner looks like a large ‘doughnut’ with open ends in which a table moves in and out as it takes images and makes a swirling noise. There is an intercom system in the machine so you and the technologist can communicate. A CT scan is a low risk procedure. Generally, most CT exams take approximately 5-15 minutes.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
For certain CT examinations your doctor may request contrast agents. One or two agents may be ordered. Oral contrast is an agent that allows your digestive system to be more visible. In some situations, your doctor may request an injection of contrast that ‘highlights’ blood vessels and organs. If your doctor orders oral contrast we prefer that you do not eat 2 hours before your examination and avoid liquids one half hour before your examination. Your doctor may also order a blood test before your examination if necessary. Your daily medications may be taken as usual. Detailed information will be provided before your examination, and additional educational information on contrast prep is below.
Registration for Your Exam
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time for registration. You can print and fill out your CT Scan Questionnaire in advance and bring it to your appointment. Please bring a list of current medications that you are taking. A member of our Pre-Registration staff may call you to pre-register you for this appointment. If contacted, this will save you time on the day of your appointment.
If you have any questions about your exam or if you wish to reschedule your exam, please call the Central Scheduling Department at 413-447-2451 and they will be happy to assist you. The Central Scheduling Department hours are Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.
If you would like to have an English language interpretor at the time of your appointment, please inform us at the time you book your appointment or call the Central Scheduling Department to arrange for one.
What to wear?
A CT scan be done wearing everyday clothes. It is helpful to avoid any type of metal in the area that is being scanned.
After the Exam:
There are no restrictions or limitations placed upon you after your CT examination. You may eat, drink and take medications as normal. You may drive as normal. Any special instructions will be given to you at the time of your examination.
How do I obtain results?
Your images will be reviewed and read by our board certified radiologists and a report will be sent to your doctor. This generally takes 24 to 48 hours. Your doctor will inform you of the results.