Salinas Valley Imaging Center utilizes Toshiba’s state of the art AIDR 3D Computed Tomography (CT) technology.  AIDR 3D is Toshiba’s latest evolution of iterative reconstruction technology. This provides SVR with an advanced 128 slice CT technology that promises to reduce radiation dose to patients, while improving image reconstruction and overall image quality.  This advanced CT equipment is capable of performing sophisticated imaging studies in the comfort of an outpatient format. Our multi-slice CT scanner allows physicians to quickly and accurately acquire precise, motion-free images, thus significantly reducing your examination time.

Our advanced CT technology is ideal for use in the detection of cancers. It is capable of 3D vascular imaging, allowing arteriograms to be performed without the need for invasive catheterization. We also provide CT bone density, cardiac calcium scoring, bone marrow biopsy as well as CT lung cancer screening.

** Salinas Valley Imaging Center’s Computed Tomography (CT) is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Click here to learn why ACR accreditation matters to you.

What is Computed Tomography (CT)?

Computed Tomography (CT) or Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) refers to advanced X-ray technology capable of producing three-dimensional images of the head, spine, chest, abdomen, and other areas of the body. A radiologist interprets these digital images and produces a report for your referring physician.

CT is ideal for detecting problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, trauma to internal organs, and osteoporosis.
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How do I prepare for my CT examination?

On the day of your examination, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.   Avoid clothing with zippers and snaps, as metal objects will affect the quality of the CT image. Depending on the part of the body scanned, we may ask you to remove hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dentures. If possible, please bring only necessary personal items to the examination.

Some CT examinations require patients to take a special medication called a contrast to enhance the detail of the images. If your examination requires a contrast agent, you must not eat or drink anything (including water) three hours prior to your appointment. Patients requiring a contrast agent may spend one to two hours drinking contrast fluids at our office before the actual CT scan. If you have questions about whether your examination requires a contrast agent, please contact our CT scheduling department at 831-775-5200.

If you are diabetic and take Metformin or Glucophage, you will be required to get lab work completed a minimum of 48 hours prior to your examination. Please request a lab slip from your physician’s office.  Also, patients receiving dialysis require precise scheduling and must contact our CT scheduling department to coordinate.

If you are allergic to iodine or oral contrast, please contact our office at least 24 hours prior to your examination so that a pre-examination medication can be prescribed. If medication is prescribed, please make sure you have someone available to drive you home from the procedure. The medication can make you drowsy.

What should I expect during my CT examination?

For your CT examination you will be asked to lie on a table that rides on a track through the doughnut shaped scanner. As the procedure begins, you will hear humming, buzzing, or clicking sounds from the CT machine. The table will move in short steps through the scanner as the CT tube rotates around you. At each step, the scanner completes a separate view. The information is processed by the computer and displayed as images on a video screen to the technologist.

You should remain as still as possible to produce the clearest images. Depending upon the procedure being performed, you may be asked to hold your breath for up to 30 seconds. Most exams require 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

If you are given contrast medium intravenously, you may notice a metallic taste in your mouth and a warm sensation throughout your body. These sensations are harmless and subside within a few moments. Oral contrast medium may cause slight changes in bowel movements, which will soon return to normal.

CT examinations are generally quick, easy, and painless. When your examination is complete, we will ask you to wait until the technologist verifies the quality of the images.

If you did not receive contrast, you should experience no side effects and can resume normal activity immediately after the examination. For patients who receive oral, intravenous, or rectal contrast, you may experience some mild side effects such as upset stomach and/or diarrhea. We recommended drinking a few extra glasses of water to help your body eliminate the contrast and remain hydrated. Regular food intake can resume immediately after the examination, unless otherwise determined by a doctor.

In very rare occurrences, patients can experience more severe allergic reactions like hives, itchiness, or swelling in the throat. Most of these cases occur before the patient leaves our care, and the reactions are treated immediately. Patients who experience any of these symptoms post-examination should seek immediate medical attention.

Which locations offer CT exams?

Salinas Valley Imaging Center
559 Abbott St.
Salinas, Ca 93901
Phone: 831-775-5200
Hours: 7:30-6:00PM