CT/CTA (Computed Tomography)
Multidetector CT (Computed Tomography) scanning is a specialized way of using xrays. The xrays pass through the patient onto special detectors. Information is then sent to a computer and an image is produced thus allowing us to look at the body in cross sections. This differentiates tissue densities better than plain xrays do.
Patients who are having abdominal/pelvic studies may be asked to drink a contrast solution so the stomach and intestines can be visualized more clearly. Studies of vessels and organs may require an injection of contrast to help define them. If you have any allergies or have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast material (dye), please mention this at the time of scheduling so that our technologist may be informed.
At the New Port Richey location, our Siemens Somatom Perspective 16, our Toshiba at the Bayonet Point location and our Philips Brilliance CT 64 at the Trinity location offer advanced multidetector technology in order to produce clearer images rapidly. This also allows us to create 3-dimensional images for viewing on a computer workstation, and thus, provides us with a powerful diagnostic tool. We have shielding and dose reduction techniques to reduce radiation exposure during your exam.
Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
Radiology Associates of West Pasco is now offering Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening. Medicare and most insurance companies are covering this test for their subscribers. Please check with your carrier.
As lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the US, but with the most deaths, we at Radiology Associates know the tremendous value of this new and important screening test.
Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening has been proven to be beneficial in reducing mortality and morbidity related to lung cancer, but this test is not for everyone. To be eligible patients must be:
- Between the ages of 55 and 77
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack years. (i.e. 1 pack a day for 30 years, etc.)
- Current smoker or quit within the past 15 years
- No signs or symptoms of active lung cancer
If you answered yes to all of the above questions, your insurance company may cover this exam. If you do not meet criteria and would still like the study performed, please call and ask for cash price information. Please contact your physician about having this test performed.