CAT Scans

Radiology located in Winter Park, Orlando and Lake Mary, FL

CAT Scans

Computed axial tomography (CAT) scans use an advanced X-ray technique to obtain 3D images of the heart, brain, blood vessels, and organs. The exceptional images produced by George Stanley, MD, and the experienced team at the University Diagnostic Institute allow them to accurately diagnose the cause of your symptoms and guide treatment decisions. If you have questions or need a CAT scan, call the office in Winter Park, Orlando, or Lake Mary, Florida, or connect through online booking today.

What is a CAT scan?

CAT scans (CT scans) use a specialized X-ray device to capture detailed, 3D images of your blood vessels, spine, muscles, brain, heart, and other organs and soft tissues.

The advanced CAT technology at the University Diagnostic Institute ensures fast scan times while producing high-resolution imaging. These scans use a low dose of radiation, making them safe for people of all ages.

When would I need a CAT scan?

CAT scans allow your University Diagnostic Institute provider to precisely identify problems throughout your body, even in structures hidden by or overlapping with other organs. Your physician may also need a CAT scan to monitor the progress of your treatment for a serious condition.

A few health conditions revealed by CAT scans include:

  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Spine disease and disc degeneration
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Pneumonia or interstitial lung disease
  • Colon polyps and tumors
  • Brain tumors and brain injuries
  • Artery and vein conditions
  • Primary and metastatic cancers

CAT scans reveal the size, volume, and location of cancerous tumors and other masses, making them essential for guiding treatments like radiation therapy and surgery.

What happens during a CAT scan?

The CAT scan machine is shaped like a doughnut, with a large round opening in the center. Your technologist positions you on a padded table, and the table moves you into the center of the scanner.

The device sends X-rays around your body while sensors in the machine send the information to a computer. The computer processes the data and displays the images on a computer monitor.

Some patients require a contrast material (dye) to enhance specific organs. You may need an oral contrast (barium-based drink) to highlight your digestive system, or your provider may inject a contrast material intravenously.

Like regular X-rays, you can’t feel a CAT scan. However, you may experience a warm sensation, have a metallic taste in your mouth, or feel like you’re urinating (when you’re not) if you receive intravenous (IV) contrast material.

You don’t need to prepare for a CAT scan unless you need contrast material. Your University Diagnostic Institute provider explains what to do when they schedule your scan. 

Call the University Diagnostic Institute office or use online booking today if you have questions or need to schedule a CAT scan.