Computed Tomography (CT) in NoVa & Maryland

What is CT or Computed Tomography?

Computed Tomography (CT), also known as computerized tomography or computed axial tomography (CAT), is an advanced x-ray technology that produces a sequence of detailed cross-sectional images of the interior of the head, spine, chest, abdomen or other areas of the body. The complex images are produced by rotating a focused x-ray beam around the patient and taking these x-ray images from numerous angles, guided by a computer. CT examinations produce detailed organ studies by capturing multiple individual image “slices”.  For more information on this and other radiology procedures, please visit

Lowest Radiation Dose CT

RIA offers the lowest radiation dose possible on all of our 64-slice CT scanners.  All of RIA’s 64-slice CT scanners employ the dose reduction features including dose modulation, and iterative reconstruction, this technology significantly reduces radiation exposure while maintaining outstanding image quality.  Simply put, this technology provides a better method of image processing that removes image noise in the x-ray image projection data so that less dose is needed to produce better images.

What should I expect?

For your CT examination you will be asked to lie on a table that rides on a track through the doughnut-shaped scanner. As the procedure begins, you will hear humming, buzzing or clicking sounds from the CT machine. The table will move in short steps or in one continuous movement through the scanner as the CT tube rotates around you. At each step, the scanner completes a separate view or a helical scan which can obtained in one breath hold. The information is processed by the computer and displayed as images on a monitor

You should remain as still as possible to produce the clearest images. Depending upon the procedure being performed, you may be asked to hold your breath for up to 30 seconds. Most exams require 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Locations that provide CT scans

Pembrooke – Waldorf, MD
Heritage – Clinton, MD
Patuxent – Prince Frederick, MD
Sterling, VA
Lansdowne, VA

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