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CT of the Arms, Legs, and Joints - About the Exam

Mountain Medical provides arm CT, leg CT, and CT of the joints to detect disease and structural damage or anomaly.

What you can expect during a CT:

  • Prior to your CT scan, your technologist will begin by positioning you on the examination table, usually lying flat on your back or less commonly, on your side or on your stomach, depending on the area of the body being examined.
  • Next, the table will move quickly through the scanner to determine the correct starting position for the scans. Then, the table will move slowly through the machine as the actual CT scanning is performed. Depending on the type of CT scan, the machine may make several passes.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath during the scanning. Any motion, whether breathing or body movements, can lead to artifacts on the images.
  • When the examination is completed, you will be asked to wait until the technologist verifies that the images are of high enough quality for accurate interpretation.
  • The CT is usually completed within 30 minutes.

Learn how to prepare for a CT.

Learn the benefits and risks of CT.

Watch the CT - What to Expect Video.