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CT scan of the spine

Scans Without Contrast

A Spine CT scan obtains multiple images of the spinal column, as well as three-dimensional images if needed.

Who performs the procedure?

The procedure is performed by a CT Technologist with the assistance of a Radiologist.

Why is this procedure performed?

This procedure is performed to display and distinguish many different types of tissue in the same region, including bone, muscle, soft tissue and blood vessels. It helps to evaluate if there are any abnormities within or surrounding the spinal column.

Where is the procedure performed?

University Imaging Center
University of Maryland Professional Building, Suite 110
419 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

University of Maryland Medical Center
Department of Diagnostic Radiology
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Are there any preps for this procedure?

No, there is no prep for this procedure.

What can I expect before this procedure?

Once you arrive in Radiology, you will have to register at the front desk. Please have your insurance information ready at this time. You may have to get changed into a gown if there is any metal on your clothing. The Technologist will explain the procedure to you and escort you to the CT room.

What can I expect during this procedure?

You will be lying on your back on the CT table and your spine will be scanned. You will be asked to hold your breath for brief periods of time and you will have to remain still during the scan.

How long is the procedure?

The scan takes approximately 25 seconds, but plan on being here for about 30 minutes.

What can I expect after this procedure?

After the procedure, the results are sent to your doctor and you may resume normal activity.

Are there any risks with this procedure?

There is a very low risk that one may have from the exposure to radiation. CT emits a very low dose of radiation.

Are there any alternatives to this procedure?

MRI and X-rays are both alternatives to this procedure.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please contact the Radiology Access Center at 410-328-3225 to schedule an appointment.