All CT scanners at all of our hospital and outpatient imaging sites are ACR accredited, ensuring the safest imaging possible. Our team tracks dosage for every CT scan, ensuring the radiation doses used are even lower than the Image Gently Campaign national standards. Additionally, our team of technologists have taken the Image Gently Pledge and our team is certified in the most advanced methods for lowering radiation-dosage. This includes the latest low-dose technology for digital radiography, digital fluoroscopy and CT scanning with the newest low-dose software. In addition, Florida Hospital for Children's radiology team uses the latest radiation shielding techniques for eyes, breasts and other organs.
The types of CT exams offered at the Florida Hospital for Children are as follows:
How CT Works–CT (computed tomography) helps the doctor learn more about the patient by taking pictures of the inside of the body. A CT machine looks like a giant doughnut that a patient is moved through while lying on a table. Noise from the machine is common while it is taking pictures. Wearing proper clothing to the appointment is important. Do not wear any clothing with snaps or zippers or you may be asked to change into a gown. Safety straps attached to the CT table will be wrapped around the patient to keep him/her still and safe. A special imaging technologist or nurse may place an IV in the patient's arm or hand for certain types of exams. They will also be there to assist with any question or concerns. A lead apron or other shielding may be placed on the patient to protect from unnecessary radiation exposure. Parents of the patient may stay in the room. The patient will be asked to stay very still and hold his/her breath for a few seconds for certain exams. Depending on the exam, a patient may be asked to drink oral contrast which allows doctors to better visualize the patient's organs. If the exam requires an IV, contrast will be injected into a vein through the IV. This may make the patient feel warm inside or experience a funny taste. This only lasts a few seconds. When the CT scan is finished, the radiologist will look at the pictures and read the exam. This will help the patient's doctor understand his/her body.
If you are preparing for a pediatric CT exam, take a moment to browse through these helpful links: