Riley CT Scanning
A Computed Tomography (CT) scan is an X-ray exam which combines various X-ray images to create detailed cross-sectional views of the body in different layers. Riley CT takes pride in offering excellent patient care while providing the highest quality exams.
CT scans show normal and abnormal structures in the body and assist in procedures by helping to accurately guide the placement of instruments or treatments. CT's are often the preferred method to:
- Diagnose a source of pain caused by infections and inflammation (i.e. appendicitis, pancreatitis, etc.)
- Cancer and subsequent treatment effects
Our innovative CT scanners are monitored and maintained regularly to ensure proper functionality and safety for our patients.
The Pediatric CT department has over one hundred years of combined pediatric experience. Some of our technologists have been at Riley since we opened over 30 years ago. Every technologist is dedicated to providing each patient with individualized care because each child is different and requires special care. Our team will take the time to go above and beyond what is expected in order to achieve a quality exam while minimizing anxiety or fear. We accomplish this by letting the child touch the scanner and by using role-playing techniques, or distraction tools. At Riley, we understand every child is unique so we provide tailored-care for each patient.
How to Prepare Your Child
After your child's appointment has been scheduled, it is important to prepare your child for the exam. Depending on what type of test is ordered, your child may not be able to eat or drink anything before the test. For certain CT scans your child will need to drink before the scan and will be given their choice of flavors for the contrast or if your child desires they may bring a non-carbonated beverage to mix with the contrast. A Riley Radiologist team member will advise you before the scan if your child requires to be injected intravenously with a tasteless contrast-agent. .
Our pediatric trained CT technologists use distraction methods to help reduce anxiety with our patients. The room is equipped with a projector that displays stars on the ceiling and sensory tools such as squeeze balls, music and light up wands are used to help the child stay still.
Parents may want to preview the Starlight Radiology Center created by the Starlight Children's Foundation to see if the "CT checking in " interactive video game is age appropriate for your child. This video shows the steps for the CT scan and talks about the possibility of IV contrast.
Where Quality Meets Qualifications
Our technologists are licensed by the State Board of Health and registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The ARRT has strict procedural and ethical guidelines each technologist must meet and follow in order to become a registered technologist. All Riley CT technologists are also members of the Image Gently Campaign which promotes using the ALARA principle -- we use radiation doses that are As Low As Reasonably Achievable to create exams without compromising quality. Riley CT ensures patients receive the correct dose; we have been certified and accredited by American College of Radiology (ACR) for using the proper techniques.