Get a CT scan at South Jersey Radiology

CT, or computed tomography, scans are a medical imaging technique that uses multiple X-rays (link to x-ray service page) alongside advanced computers to create cross-sectional images (slices). The term “slice” refers to each individual image. Our team of experts merge each slice using advanced software to create multi-level views of your body. 

When your physician needs to pinpoint the source of a symptom or guide a surgery, they may order a CT. Physicians use CT scans to help visualize or determine the source of: 

  • Acute symptoms, such as shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Blood clots or infections
  • Delicate fractures in the hands, feet, or spine
  • Injuries related to trauma, such as a car accident
  • Issues with brain function
  • Tissue function and structures in the chest, abdomen, and pelvis
  • Tumors in the chest, abdomen, or pelvis
  • Vascular structures, functions, and conditions that contribute to heart and brain health.
Patient Lying On CT Scanner Bed
The Images Captured By A Pelvic CT Scan

Our CT Imaging Locations

South Jersey Radiology provides CT imaging services across 7 of our office locations. SJRA offers same-day and next-day appointment options with many locations offering extended and weekend hours to meet your busy schedule.

What To Expect During Your CT Scan

During your appointment, our experienced technologists will perform your study, prioritizing your safety and comfort at all times. The table you lie on will slide in and out of the CT scanner periodically. At the same time, a series of X-rays will rotate around you, capturing the images in the matter of a few minutes. At times, our technologist may request you to hold your breath briefly to eliminate any blurriness caused by motion. 

CT Technologist Performs CT Scan On Female Patient Laying Comfortably

CT Frequently Asked Questions

Our team of experts at South Jersey Radiology will provide specific guidelines to follow regarding your appointment. Here are the important guidelines to follow:

  • Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Wear comfortable and loose clothing that doesn't contain any metal including jewelry, belts, or buttons.
  • Avoid eating or drinking in the hours prior to your CT scan. Based on the specific details for your exam, our staff at South Jersey Radiology will provide specific time periods to restrict eating or drinking.
  • If you have any specific medical conditions or medications you take, please inform your physician or the staff at South Jersey Radiology.

CT scans have numerous benefits that outweigh any of the few negatives that come with it. CT scans use a very small amount of radiation to better highlight the areas of the body being studied. In fact, CT scans expose you to less radiation than various, every-day items such as televisions, phones, smoke detectors, and more. 

At South Jersey Radiology, all of our medical imaging techniques are compliant with Image Wisely guidelines to ensure radiation exposure is kept to a minimum.

CT (computed tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans are both medical imaging techniques that capture detailed images of the body’s internal structures. However, different reasons may warrant your physician to recommend one over the other as they have different preferred use cases

CT scans use a series of X-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the body. Generally, CTs are faster than MRIs and capture images of bones and harder tissue structures with more detail. CT scans do use a small amount of radiation to help visualize hard tissue structures that can be more difficult to view.

MRIs use magnets and radio waves to produce highly detailed images of soft tissue structures including the brain and spinal cord. MRIs do not utilize any form of radiation.

Once your CT scan is complete, one of our board-certified, subspecialized radiologists will analyze the results and develop a detailed report for your physician. Your physician will receive the report within 48 hours and follow up with you to go over the results. 

After 5 – 7 days, your reports and images will be available to you via our easy-to-access patient portal.

South Jersey Radiology is in-network with 99% of insurance providers. Please contact your insurance provider to inquire about SJRA’s in-network status. Some insurance companies may try to direct you to their preferred radiology center. As the patient, you have the right to choose if you would like your study performed at South Jersey Radiology.

The cost of a CT scan can vary based on the location of where you get the imaging, your insurance coverage, the type of CT scan being performed, and more.

Lastly, cost can depend heavily on where you choose to go to get the CT. Hospital-based CT scans are more expensive than South Jersey Radiology’s outpatient imaging centers, which cost up to 60% less than hospital based imaging studies. 

If you have insurance, it may cover some or most of the cost. However, you might still owe an out-of-pocket or deductible cost at the time of your scan. SJRA will provide an estimate for the amount you will owe based on your insurance coverage at the time of your appointment. You can also talk to your insurance company to understand what they will cover.