CT Scan

Coastal Cancer Center

Oncologists & Hematologists located in Myrtle Beach, Conway, Loris, & Murrells Inlet, SC

Coastal Cancer Center conveniently offers the most advanced diagnostic equipment available, like CT scans, at their offices in Conway and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As the area’s largest and most established practice focused on treating cancer and blood disorders, the team at Coastal Cancer Center has been serving the Grand Strand community for over 36 years. To schedule a CT scan, call the office today.

CT Scan Q & A

What is a CT scan?

CT, or computerized tomography scans take more detailed scans and images of your body than those that plain X-rays have to offer. They combine traditional X-ray imaging with computer technology to create images that are detailed cross sections of the area photographed.

Coastal Cancer Center offers this specific type of imaging at their Conway and Myrtle Beach locations.

Why do I need a CT scan?

Your provider might recommend a CT scan to check soft tissues in your body, like your abdominal organs, brain, or liver. These noninvasive tests can also detect solids and liquids in your body, as well as the blood supply in specific areas.

A CT scan might also be recommended to capture more detailed images of abnormalities detected during standard X-rays or ultrasounds. This specific type of imaging can help your provider locate a wide range of issues, including:

  • Internal bleeding or injury
  • Masses or tumors
  • Stones or other blockages
  • Cysts

Your provider might also use a CT scan to monitor your condition and the effectiveness of your treatment. In some cases, CT scans also help doctors guide certain therapies or prepare for surgical procedures.

What can I expect during a CT scan?

CT scans usually take around 30 minutes.

During your CT scan at Coastal Cancer Center, you lie on a motorized table. This table moves you inside the machine’s round tube that houses the scanner. Your technician might position you with pillows or straps to help keep you in the same position throughout the entire scan.

When the CT scan starts, you may notice clicks, whirrs, and buzzes as the scanner rotates around you capturing images. While this takes place, your technician or doctor can communicate with you by intercom from an adjacent room. At different points during your CT scan, they might ask you to hold your breath while capturing specific images.

CT scans are usually painless. If you need a contrast CT scan, however, you might experience minimal discomfort because of the contrast dye injection.

To learn more about diagnostic imaging available at Coastal Cancer Center, schedule an appointment by calling the office today.