Radiology located in Bellevue, WA

CT services offered in Bellevue, WA

Computed tomography (CT) scans provide detailed 3D images of the parts of your body that your physician wishes to evaluate, which can lead to accurate evaluations of conditions you may or may not be aware of. At Bellevue Medical Imaging, PLLC, in Bellevue, Washington, Brian Jacobs, MD, provides CT scans alongside other imaging tests to improve your health care outcome. Call Bellevue Medical Imaging or book an appointment online for a CT scan today.


What is a CT scan?

Computed tomography (CT) scanning is a type of medical imaging test you can get at Bellevue Medical Imaging. These scans involve a series of X-rays that a computer combines to produce a three-dimensional image of your bones, organs, and soft tissue. 


All CT scans are completely painless, but you must follow Dr. Jacob’s instructions to get clear results. During the scan, you lie down on a platform. For some scans, Dr. Jacobs injects a contrast dye before you go into the machine. 


When Dr. Jacobs starts the test, the platform slowly moves into the doughnut-shaped CT scanner. You must lie still throughout the process to avoid blurry images. Clear images in a CT scan can show bone fractures, tumors, blood clots, bowel blockages, and a wide array of other injuries and conditions. 

Which type of CT scan do I need?


Bellevue Medical Imaging provides CT scanning for diagnostic purposes. The scans are versatile and can evaluate many different parts of your body. Dr. Jacobs specializes in several different types of CT scan, including:


  • Abdomen and pelvis
  • Chest
  • Head and sinus
  • Spine
  • Angiography
  • Cardiac calcium scoring (heart scan)
  • Extremity


The type of exam you get depends on your symptoms and reasons for getting the scan. Dr. Jacobs lets you know ahead of time if there are any special precautions you need to take prior to your CT scan. 

How should I prepare for a CT scan?


CT scans take more preparation than certain other imaging tests, like ultrasounds. Dr. Jacobs provides you with detailed instructions to set you up for a smooth process. He goes over your medical history first, then gives you instructions according to your health and the type of CT scan you need. He may ask that you:


  • Arrive early
  • Avoid eating and drinking for four hours before your appointment
  • Dress comfortably
  • Take off your jewelry, including piercings
  • Remove medical devices like dentures and hearing aids
  • Adjust or stop taking certain medications


You might also need a few medical tests ahead of a CT scan to ensure a safe imaging procedure. Dr. Jacobs urges you to get a blood test before any CT scan that uses contrast dye to make sure the dye won’t cause a negative reaction. 


To schedule your next CT scan, call Bellevue Medical Imaging or book an appointment online today.