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At Gateway Diagnostic Imaging, we strive to provide the highest quality diagnostic CT scans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at a price our patients can afford. Learn more about receiving a CT scan and what you can expect from Gateway Diagnostic Imaging.
A computer tomography (CT) scan takes multiple X-Ray images of your body at different angles to look at your soft tissues, blood vessels, organs, and bones. Because a CT scan combines multiple X-Ray images, these scans are more detailed than traditional X-Ray scans.
Like an X-Ray, CT scans are non-invasive and painless. You may need a CT scan for many reasons, including to identify internal bleeding, detect conditions like cancer, or find blood clots, tumors, or infections.
When you arrive for your CT scan, you may be asked to change into a cotton gown and remove any metal objects from your body, such as jewelry. Some scans are done with a special dye called a contrast material, which makes it easier for your doctor to see different areas of your body. If your scan requires a contrast material, you’ll get this prior to the scan by mouth or injection.
To begin the scan, you’ll lie on the machine’s table, which will then slowly move through a donut-shaped tube. You’ll need to stay as still as possible during the scan to avoid blurring the images. The technologist will be able to speak to you throughout the scan with an intercom in the machine. Unlike an MRI exam, a CT scan is very quiet.
On average, CT scans take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete.
To make your diagnostic CT scan as easy as possible, Gateway Diagnostic Imaging has 12 convenient locations that offer extended weekend, early morning, and evening hours.
Our CT scans are also more affordable than many other options. We work with all major insurance companies, accept CareCredit®, and have financial assistance programs available to ensure you can access the scans you need.
You will need a referral from a healthcare provider to schedule an CT scan. Healthcare providers, such as your primary care doctor or a specialist, typically order imaging tests like CTs based on your symptoms, medical history, or the need for further evaluation. They assess whether an CT is necessary for your specific situation. In addition, your healthcare providers referral and clinical notes are typically used by your insurance to verify and approve coverage for the CT scan.
The cost of an CT scan can be very different based on where you are, like which city, state or country you reside in. It also depends on where you go to get the CT scan, like a hospital or an independent outpatient imaging center. As an outpatient center, Gateway Diagnostic Imaging provides an affordable option for patients.
The type of CT scan you need, such as with contrast, and whether you have health insurance will also affect the cost. If you have insurance, they might cover some of the cost, but you might still need to pay some money. You can also talk to your insurance company to understand what they will cover.
A CT scan is used to identify a variety of health issues in the body. Some of these issue are:
How long your CT scan will take depends on the area of the body to be scanned, the number of body parts to be scanned, and if your scan requires contrast or not. Typically, a CT scan will take between 10-30 minutes to complete.
Gateway offers appointment options as soon as the same day or next day for your CT scan at our 12 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth metro area and in Abilene.
Preparing for a CT scan is fairly simple.
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