Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed tomography (CT) scans use a rotating X-ray machine and a computer to create detailed, cross-sectional images of your bones, organs and tissue.

Accredited CT Services

Spectrum Health facilities are accredited in CT by the American College of Radiology. So, you know we meet strict safety standards and deliver accurate, high-quality images. 


Why Do I Need a CT Scan?

Your physician may ask you to get a CT scan to help detect, diagnose, monitor or guide treatment of:
Bleeding inside your body
Bone, muscle or joint problems
Heart and vascular problems
Lung problems
Tumors and masses

Types of CT Scans

The type of CT scan you need will depend on the part of the body your doctor wants to learn more about. Some common types of CT scans include:
Abdomen CT
Bone CT
Chest CT
CT angiography
Head CT
Kidney CT
Lung cancer screening
Pancreas CT
Spine CT

What to Expect

If you have a CT scan coming up, breathe easy—CT scans are painless. During a CT scan, you’ll lie on a table. The table slides into the center of a donut-shaped scanner. The scanner slowly rotates and takes pictures.

For some types of CT scans, you’ll receive an injection of a special chemical, called contrast. The contrast makes certain parts of your body, such as your blood vessels, easier to see on the images. Your Spectrum Health care team will tell you ahead of time if they want to use contrast for your CT test.

CT Results

Your test results will be available within 24 to 48 hours. We’ll share your results with the doctor who ordered your test and add them to your MyChart account. Your doctor will explain the results and help you decide next steps.