Computerized Tomography (CT)

Computerized Tomography (CT Scans/CAT Scans) provide detailed cross-sectional views of the body's tissues and organs, helping Radiologists diagnose problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. CT Scans are also used to study the chest, abdomen, hands, feet and other skeletal structures. The pictures are created with the help of a computer and are capable of depicting various internal body parts in much greater detail than standard x-ray films.

Woodlawn Hospital is proud to offer a state-of-the-art, 64-slice Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner, the Diagnostic Imaging department will be able to effectively detect and treat a range of life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, stroke and lung disease. Discovering a sign of disease early on, when a wider array of effective treatment options may be available, is critical in helping doctors make an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment.

The Brilliance CT scanner from Philips Medical Systems is capable of producing split-second, high-quality images, enabling doctors to see greater anatomical detail in a fraction of the time required for other tests. The CT scanner consists of a table that the patient lays on, and a circular shaped "gantry" that contains the x-ray tube and detectors. As the table moves the patient into the gantry, the tube spins around the patient's body. The information that is gathered from the detectors inside the gantry is translated into images that may be manipulated on a workstation.

According to Woodlawn CEO John Alley, "We can use the extensive image information we get from the Brilliance CT scanner to generate very detailed 3-D images which can be used for diagnosis and can also be shared very quickly with referring physicians and surgeons, where needed, for pre-surgical planning and for treatment evaluation and follow-up."

Patients will find that having a CT exam at Woodlawn Hospital is a quick and comfortable experience. No hospital stay is required, and patients will usually be asked to carry out just one brief breath-hold during each scan.

All exams must be scheduled through the Diagnostic Imaging Department by calling (574) 224-1151 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A CT Technologist available to provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.