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 www.radiologyinfo.org.

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

How do I make an Appointment?

Please have your physician’s order and insurance card if applicable in hand, and call (877) 504-9729.

COVID-19 Update

The Governors of Maryland and Virginia have closed all non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Radiology centers have been classified as essential services. 

The health, well-being, and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19. We have taken steps to continue providing only critical service required to meet the needs of the community.  After very careful consideration we have decided to reschedule all non-urgent imaging appointments as well as consolidate our services by adjusting hours and center openings. To protect everyone, we are closely following the guidance of local, national and global health authorities – including the CDC – in addressing current challenges. As circumstances continue to change, we will keep you informed.

As the situation continues to develop in our community, we want to maintain our ability to provide quality service while safeguarding the health and safety of our patients and staff. We realize these are tenuous times and we are actively monitoring the ongoing situation and following the latest available CDC guidelines. In an effort to limit the risk of exposure for our patients and our employees who may be in high-risk categories, we are asking that you:

Please do not go to a Fairfax Radiology Center/Radiology Imaging Associates location if ANY of the following apply:

    1. You have cough, fever, or shortness of breath
    2. You have traveled by airplane or to New York City in the past 14 days or less
    3. You have had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is undergoing a test (results pending) for COVID-19.

Instead, please contact your physician for instructions. Patients may call to reschedule their appointment once they are symptom and fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of medication.

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