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Lightspeed CT Scanners

With our GE LightSpeed 16-Channel Multidetector CT scanner Grossman Imaging Centers offer a new dimension in diagnostic imaging with higher resolution and quicker scan time.

Our GE VCT 64-Slice Multidetector CT Scanner is capable of capturing entire organs in a one-second scan. The LightSpeed VCT represents the next evolution in CT. With our Coronary CTA scan we can see what is in your coronary arteries! In just 5 heart beats!!!!!

What is CT Scanning of the Body?

CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

CT imaging uses special x-ray equipment to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body and a computer to join them together in cross-sectional views of the area being studied. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed.

CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity than conventional x-ray exams.

Using specialized equipment and expertise to create and interpret CT scans of the body, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.


Lightspeed CT 16 Slice Detector

  • Clear, sharp, thin, accurate imaging
  • Exceptional speed (freeze motion) reduced exam times
  • Increased anatomical coverage and information
  • Built in pediatric low dose protocols to minimize radiation exposure
  • Accurate diagnosis results
  • Full angiography coverage

Cardiovascular CT Imaging

  • Non-invasive coronary artery imaging
  • Diagnosis of coronary stenosis
  • Assessing bypass graft patency
  • Coronary calcium scoring
  • Captures heart images in a single breath hold (between beats)

Full Body Scans

  • Chest, abdomen & pelvis

Neurological Imaging

Advanced Lung Analysis

  • Assessment of lung nodules and growth over time
  • 3D detects Cancer at very early stages, increasing cure rates
  • Locates tumors long before they appear on traditional X-ray

BMD (Bone Mineral Densitometry)

  • Early detection of osteoporosis

Musculoskeletal Imaging

What are some common uses of the procedure?

    CT imaging is:
  • One of the best tools for studying the chest and abdomen because it provides detailed, cross-sectional views of all types of tissue.
  • Often the preferred method for diagnosing many different cancers, including lung, liver and pancreatic cancer, since the image allows a physician to confirm the presence of a tumor and measure its size, precise location and the extent of the tumor's involvement with other nearby tissue.
  • Invaluable in diagnosing and treating spinal problems and injuries to the hands, feet and other skeletal structures because it can clearly show even very small bones as well as surrounding tissues such as muscle and blood vessels.
  • An examination that plays a significant role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases that can lead to stroke, kidney failure or even death.
  • Physicians often use the CT examination to:
  • Plan and properly administer radiation treatments for tumors
  • Guide biopsies and other minimally invasive procedures
  • Plan surgery
  • Measure bone mineral density for the detection of osteoporosis
  • Quickly identify injuries to the liver, spleen, kidneys or other internal organs in cases of trauma

How should I prepare for the CAT scan?

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure.

Metal objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins may affect the CT images and should be left at home or removed prior to your exam. You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental work.

You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours beforehand, especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies, especially to contrast materials.

Also inform your doctor of any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, and if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an unusual adverse effect.

Women should always inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. See the Safety page for more information about pregnancy and x-rays

For more information go to Radiologyinfo.org