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A Better CT Experience

Convenience is important so we offer CT exams at each of our three locations and can often accommodate same-day exams and flexible scheduled appointments. Regardless of location, the cost of a CT exam is substantially lower than the cost of the same exam performed at a local hospital. We believe that offering value, without compromise, is the right thing to do.

What is a CT?

A computed tomography (CT) scan, also known as a Computed Axial Tomography scan, is a fast, painless and noninvasive exam that uses special X-ray equipment to produce images of bones, organs, vessels and soft tissue.
During a CT scan, multiple images are taken and compiled into complete, cross-sectional pictures (or slices) of soft tissue, bone and blood vessels. The resulting images reveal details that are typically invisible or difficult to see in a traditional X-ray.

While CT imaging does use a small amount of radiation, the benefits of an accurate diagnosis far outweigh any risk.

What you should know

Answers to some frequently asked questions.

CT contrast may be ordered to allow for better visualization of specific organs and blood vessels. An IV will be placed in the vein to allow for the injection of contrast. During the injection, you may feel a warm sensation and experience a metallic taste, which is completely normal. The technologist will review the use of the contrast agent with you prior to the exam and answer any questions you may have.

ODC Alabama understands that the cost of an imaging exam can be a concern. Our rates for both insured and uninsured patients are substantially lower than the same exam performed at a hospital. We believe that price transparency is important so you can be prepared for your financial obligations, if any. To learn more about what your exam may cost, please click here.

The radiologist will review the CT images and provide a diagnostic report that will be sent directly to your provider. The report is typically available to your provider within 24 hours. Many providers plan scheduled time to discuss results with their patients so you could check with their office to see when they will be available to review the information with you.

Prep for your exam

  • Do not drink any caffeinated beverages or take any stimulant drugs at least 4 hours prior to the exam.
  • Do not smoke or use smokeless tobacco products for at least 4 hours prior to the exam.
  • Prescription medication other than stimulants, may be taken.

  • With your physician approval, discontinue blood thinners 2 days prior to exam.

  • With your physician approval, discontinue blood thinners 2 days prior to exam.
  • To determine if other prescribed medication should be withheld contact the imaging center.
  • Due to driving restrictions please have transportation arrangements.
  • Bed rest is recommended for 24 hours following this procedure.

  • Please contact the imaging center for specific oral contrast instructions.

  • Nothing to eat or drink other than water 2 hours before exam.
  • Please contact the imaging center for additional oral contrast instructions.

Forms

If you have any questions about your visit, please contact the imaging center at 256-534-5600.

Please review and fill out (where applicable) the following forms before your visit.