CT Scan

Enhanced internal imaging

CT at Beverly Hospital

A computed tomography (CT) scan is an imaging test that helps doctors diagnose certain medical conditions. It uses sophisticated equipment to take multiple X-rays from different angles. A computer then puts the pictures together in a way that creates cross-sectional images, or slices, of the area of your body being studied. A CT provides valuable information about what’s going on inside your body without the need for a more invasive procedure.

We use CT scans to help us see organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. They may help in diagnosing a variety of conditions:

  • Arterial and venous blood flow and disease progression
  • Blood disorders
  • Conditions affecting internal organs, including your heart, brain, lungs, kidneys and liver
  • Internal bleeding and blood clots
  • Spinal conditions
  • Tumors, cancer and cysts

In addition, we offer virtual CT scan colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer.

You may be given a special type of dye, called contrast, to help your doctors see fine details more clearly. You may receive the contrast by mouth or IV.

Advanced Technology with a Focus on Your Safety

CT scans are offered at Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital and Beth Israel Lahey Health Care Center – Danvers. At each location, your safety is our top priority. We perform imaging tests only when necessary. And our radiologists make sure you get the lowest dose of radiation possible.

Our multi-slice imaging technology offers enhanced 3D-image technology. This technology speeds up your exam process. Multi-slice technology also provides a sharper image of moving organs compared to traditional CT scans. It’s especially helpful when examining seriously ill and trauma patients who are unable to hold their breath. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about how to prepare for your scan and what to expect during your appointment.

How do I get ready for my CT scan?

You should not eat or drink anything for two hours prior to your scan. If necessary, you can take your daily medications with a small amount of water. Please bring a list of all medications you take and any allergies. We can make a copy of your medicine list if needed.

It’s best to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. However, for your comfort, we may ask you to change into a hospital gown.

Where do I go for my outpatient CT?

We tell you when to arrive for your test. Please check in at the outpatient registration desk. Outpatient registration and radiology and imaging departments are located on the first floor of Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital and Beth Israel Lahey Health Care Center – Danvers. One of our technologists greets you in the Radiology & Imaging department and escort you to an exam room.

What happens during my CT scan?

Before your scan begins, the technologist asks you some questions. Be sure to tell the technologist if there’s any chance you might be pregnant or if you’re allergic to IV contrast.

Once you’re ready to proceed, the technologist positions you on the exam table lying on your back. If you are getting contrast through an IV, you feel a pin prick when the needle is inserted into your arm. You may also experience a warm sensation when the contrast is injected. Some people have a metallic taste in their mouth for a few minutes and feel like they have to urinate. These feelings will go away quickly. If you are receiving contrast by mouth, you drink it before your test.

Right before your exam begins, the table moves into the CT machine. This helps us determine the correct starting position. Then, we start the exam. The table moves slowly through the machine. You may be asked to hold your breath so we can get a clearer image.

Unless there are special circumstances, you are alone in the exam room during your scan. However, your technologist is always able to hear, see and speak with you.

How long will my CT scan take?

CT exams usually take 15 minutes or less. However, depending on the type of exam you’re having, some may take an hour or longer.

What should I expect after my CT scan?

If you’ve had IV contrast, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids to flush it out of your system.

If you take a regular dose of Glucophage (metformin) you must avoid taking it for 48 hours after your exam. Before you start taking the medication again, you must have a blood test to make sure your kidneys are functioning properly. We tell the doctor ordering your CT scan about the need for this blood test. Your technologist also gives you paperwork to remind you.

A radiologist will send the results of your scan to your ordering physician within 24 to 48 hours.

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Types of CT Scans We Offer

We offer CT scans for the following:
  • Abdomen/Pelvis
  • Chest
  • Enterography (small intestine)
  • Head
  • Virtual Colonoscopy

Services & Specialties

Providers at Beverly Hospital may order a CT scan as part of your diagnosis or treatment plan. We collaborate with these specialties to help you get care when you need it.

Featured Locations

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Beth Israel Lahey Health Care Center–Danvers Address Icon 480 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01923
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