Common CT Procedures at Somerset Campus

The Computed Tomography (CT) Department features a 64 CT scanner, which captures detailed images in seconds, allowing radiologists to reconstruct images of bone, body, brain and vascular system in 3-D. The system enables physicians to diagnose conditions at their earliest stages. For emergency case such as stroke, a CT scanner is also available in the Emergency Department.

Common CT Procedures

  • CT Angiography (CTA) – Non-invasive procedure used to visualize the circulatory system to diagnose vascular conditions such as peripheral vascular disease, cerebral aneurysm and pulmonary emboli. The procedure involves injecting contrast material through an IV into the blood stream.
  • CT Enterography (CTE) – New procedure designed to visualize the intestinal tract and surrounding organs in detail. Patients do not have to drink thick barium. The oral contrast taken prior to a CTE takes about 45 minutes to travel through the bowel and produces quality images to evaluate Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome and other bowel disorders.
  • CT-Guided Biopsies – Under the guidance of CT imaging, abnormal tissue is sampled with precision.
  • CT Body Imaging – CT imaging of the chest, abdomen and pelvis is the most common test performed to diagnose and evaluate a variety of conditions.

Many CT procedures require the patient to drink an oral contrast media that will help differentiate the digestive system from other organs. If your test requires this; you may be asked to arrive early to start the process. You can pick up some of the contrast the day (or days) before your test to reduce the waiting time.

To schedule a CT procedure, call 1-844-RWJ4YOU (1-844-795-4968).