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Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan

Detailed scans to detect and diagnose urological issues can be performed with either a computed tomography (CT) scan – which uses computer-processed x-rays to produce images  of specific areas inside the body without cutting it open -- or a more targeted CT Urogram, using CT technology to scan the urinary system with an evaluation of the kidneys, ureters, and the bladder.

Both procedures utilize the CT scanner, a large, doughnut-shaped machine which rotates around the patient lying down, face up, on an examination table. In some cases, contrasting dye may be used to enhance the images, which can be administered intravenously or swallowed.

CT Urograms are often utilized to follow treatment of kidney stones and cancers of the urinary tract to reveal any remaining blockages, anomalies, or scar tissue.

Your Skyline physician will discuss any preparations you need to make prior to your CT scan or CT Urogram, but generally there will be a restriction on food and drink for several hours before the procedure. Your CT scan or CT urogram will most likely be completed within 15 minutes, and your image will then be interpreted by our expert Skyline radiologists and urologists for accurate diagnosis of your condition and treatment planning.

Side effects with CT scans and CT Urograms are rare, but in some instances if a contrast dye is used there may be an allergic reaction from the patient. You will be asked to remain at the office for a brief period after the procedure so that if an allergic reaction does occur it can be treated promptly.  There may also be some discoloration of the urine for a day or two following the procedure, which is normal.