CT scans are performed twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week by onsite technologists serving outpatients, inpatients and the Emergency Department.
Outpatient examinations are performed on a scheduled basis: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
What our patients have to say about their CT experience.
“Excellent - the experience could not have been any easier or professional. Thank you!”
“The nurse (forgot her name!) was VERY nice & friendly/comforting; the image tech was extremely helpful/professional - good/great overall experience!”
“The technologist that did my test was friendly, knowledgeable and comforting. She helped me feel more comfortable about this procedure.”
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For questions regarding your examination or procedure, please call the Medical Imaging Department at 540-316-4500.
A CT scan uses x-rays to obtain detailed images of any part of the body. This procedure is performed with a CT scanner, a specialized x-ray system that produces ultra thin, slice-like pictures of your body. CT scans are used to diagnose strokes, blood clots in the lung, and most all diseases of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. They are also useful when a patient has suffered trauma to the spine, body or extremities.
Serving all of Northern Virginia, our CT scans are just one portion of our state of the art imaging and radiology department. For more information, visit our main medical imaging page.
Fauquier Hospital has two Toshiba CT scanners (computerized tomography) designed to deliver a significantly lower radiation dose. With the new CT scanners, typical CT scans will demonstrate up to a 70 percent reduction in radiation exposure; head/brain CT scans will provide an approximately 50 percent reduction. The new scanner technology gives us the ability to acquire the best possible images at the lowest possible radiation and contrast doses.
CT scans combine a series of cross-sectional X-ray images, or slices, of the organs, bones and other soft tissues. The advanced computer software technology allows the images to be viewed from different aspects, allowing the radiologist (the M.D. who reviews the images and reports the findings back to the ordering physician) to look at each slice individually or in combination. In some cases, CT images may be combined to create 3-D images. As a result, CT scan images can provide much more information than ordinary X-rays.
They replace our current Emergency Department and Medical Imaging Department CT scanners, which have been 16 and 32 slice, respectively.
The new equipment will be faster, in terms of scan time as well as reconstruction time. This will allow Fauquier Hospital staffers to complete scans even more quickly, which is especially important for Emergency Department patients.
The scanner in the Medical Imaging Department will also have CT fluoroscopy to provide guidance when performing interventional procedures or biopsies. One of the new scanners will be ready for patients in late September, the other in early November.
As with many kinds of diagnostic tests, there is the question of radiation exposure. Physicians and their patients want to use the lowest dose possible to achieve good images.
Improvements in CT scanner technology allow for significant reduction in radiation dose and still produce high-quality images. This is especially important for our pediatric population, but will benefit everyone.In addition, the table weight and bore size are increased to accommodate larger patients and help with claustrophobic patients.