What is a CT Scan?

A CT scan is an advanced type of X-ray exam. Multiple X-rays are taken rapidly from a number of different angles around the body and then arranged by a high-speed computer into a cross-sectional view of internal organs.

  • For some CT scans, the technologists may give you oral contrast to drink or an injection of a contrast medium to highlight certain tissues for closer examination. 
Where do I go for my CT Scan?

For your CT, please come to:

Radiology Associates of Macon                                                                              
(Located in the building next to the Navicent Health Emergency Room. Just park on 2nd level of the Red Parking Lot and take the pedestrian bridge into our elevator lobby. We are happy to validate your ticket.) 

770 Pine Street, Suite 290
Macon, GA 31201
Phone: (478) 743-1458
Fax: (478) 745-1458 

When is a CT scan used?

CT scanning is generally used when your doctor needs more detailed diagnostic information than is possible from regular X-ray studies. These scans can be done on any body part, for a variety of different conditions. 

What happens during a CT scan procedure?

• After the technologist obtains your medical history, you will change into a gown and be positioned onto the table for the scan.
• You will feel the table move after each scan and may hear a whirring noise or high-pitched beep.
• To get the most precise results, the technologist may ask you to hold your breath for a short time. Do lie as still as possible to avoid blurring the images. 
• You will be able to communicate with the technologist at all times during your scan, which will take from 10 to 15 minutes.
• You may leave immediately after your CT scan. 
• If you are given contrast for your scan drink plenty of fluids, especially water, for the next 24 hours to help flush the contrast medium from your body. 
• The radiologist will review your scans and send the results to your physician. Urgent findings will be called or faxed in to your physician.

What are the benefits and risks of a CT scan?

CT scans are among the safest exams we do. Your body will be exposed to a small amount of radiation. If you are pregnant, you should not have a CT scan without first discussing the risks with your doctor. There is a small risk you will have an allergic reaction to contrast dye. Be sure to tell your health care provider if you know you are allergic to any medications or chemicals such as iodine. We are prepared to handle immediately any allergic reaction you might have.

What are my CT scan options?

We perform a number of different CT exams, as part of our full range of diagnostic imaging services. Your doctor will advise you on which type of CT is appropriate for you. The list below provides information on your particular scan.

Make sure you are prepared.

    • Abdominal and Pelvic exams may require you to drink oral contrast.  If your exam has IV contrast, do not eat or drink anything for four (4) hours before exam.
    • Remove metal and plastic items from the part of your body being examined.
    • If you could be pregnant, are breast feeding, are allergic to contrast medium (dye), or are diabetic, please tell our staff.

What you should bring:
  •     Prescription or referral from your physician.
  •     List of medications you take, including non-prescription medications and supplements.
  •     Insurance cards and picture id
  •     Any previous, relevant imaging exams and reports performed outside of our network.
  •     Medical history, including whether you may be pregnant or breastfeeding currently.
  •     Pathology reports.


For more details on your specific exam or if you have ANY questions, please call our scheduling department at 478-743-1458.

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