Computerized Tomography Scan (CT Scan)

What is a CT scan?
A CT scan is a sophisticated round x-ray machine that is capable of producing detailed images of your bones and organs. CT scans take x-rays of the body at multiple angles and use a computer algorithm to create cross sectional images of the body.

What can a CT scan reveal?
A CT scan can help evaluate a variety of disorders such as:
  • Infection
  • Injuries sustained to your bones (e.g. fractures)
  • Kidney stones and other urinary tract problems
  • Tumors
  • Liver diseases
  • Gallstones
  • Spleen injuries
  • Muscle and bone disorders
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Internal traumatic injuries
CT scans are fast, readily available, and non-invasive. Since the scan can help visualize almost every part of the body, it is often a popular test in emergency rooms.

What to expect in a CT scan?
Dr. Khorrami will order a CT scan when there is need for sophisticated imaging to diagnose a particular problem. He will look at your medical records and make sure you are able to undergo the procedure. You may have to follow specific directions before your test such as fasting for a certain number of hours prior to the procedure.

During the procedure, you may receive both an oral and an intravenous contrast material to enhance the areas to be imaged. You may be required to follow specific instructions such as holding in your breath. You will have to lie still during the duration of the exam to ensure best results. CT scanners may look intimidating at first sight, but the whole procedure is painless and does not last very long. Most of the time is spent preparing for the procedure, while the actual procedure may take only a few minutes.

Are there any risks associated with a CT scan?
CT scans will expose you to a minimal amount of radiation, which shouldn’t harm you. In rare cases, people may experience an allergic reaction to the intravenous contrast material used for the procedure.

Discuss Your Options with Dr. Khorrami
Dr. Khorrami has been in practice since 1996 as a double-board certified gastroenterologist and primary care physician, has experienced a variety of patient cases, and is well equipped to solve your digestive problems and general conditions. Get in touch to learn more about computerized tomography scans (CT scan) and how you can benefit from it.


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About Dr. Khorrami

Dr. Payman Khorrami is a UCLA graduate, has been in practice since 1996, and is double board certified. Undergraduate Education at University of California, Berkeley, Medical School at University of California, San Francisco, Internal Medicine Training at University of California, San Diego Read Full Bio