CT Specialists

Medical Imaging Center of Southern California

Radiology and Medical Imaging located in Santa Monica, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

Computed Tomographic Scans (CT scans) is a rapid, safe, highly accurate device that can detect disease and abnormalities in the brain, neck, chest abdomen and pelvis. At Medical Imaging Center of Southern California, Dr. Bradley Jabour and his team utilize the latest technology and cutting-edge equipment. To learn more or to schedule, call the Santa Monica or Beverly Hills, California, location.

CT Q & A

What is CT?

Computed tomography is a noninvasive imaging technique that uses powerful computers to create three-dimensional and cross-sectional pictures of your body. CT scans are rapid, which means you will be on and off the scanner in a matter of minutes. CT scans provide anatomical details, such as the size and location of tumors, masses, infections, and injuries.

CT scanners send X-rays through your body, which detectors in the scanner then measure. A computer algorithm processes those measurements to produce pictures of your body’s internal structures.

The procedure is painless, but certain studies may require that the technologist injects a small amount of contrast agent into your arm (IV contrast) to highlight special areas and visualize abnormalities. You may also be asked to drink barium contrast (oral contrast) to enhance your intestinal tract.

What specific CT studies are offered?

Medical Imaging Center of Southern California offers a number of different CT studies, including:

Calcium score

Measures the amount of calcium in your coronary artery walls and provides a numeric score that evaluates the risk of heart disease relative to your age, family history, and gender.

CT coronary angiogram (CTA)

The noninvasive CT coronary angiogram visualizes the arterial channel or lumen. Using the 64 detector CT scanner, your technologist images your coronary arteries to detect unstable and life-threatening soft plaque that projects into your lumen and creates narrowing in your arterial channels.

In most patients who do not have symptoms, it’s usually the unstable soft plaque that ruptures without warning, causing heart attacks and strokes. By detecting the soft plaque early and initiating aggressive lifestyle changes and interventional therapies, you can head off serious heart issues, and even premature death.

CT of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis

This scan detects high-risk abnormalities and hidden diseases including lung cancer, kidney tumors, liver tumors, and abnormalities of the prostate, ovaries, uterus, adrenal gland, spleen, and gallbladder. Abnormalities in the back, including disc disease and abnormalities in the bones, can also be detected.

Low-dose CT of the lungs

This low radiation, two-minute scan detects early cancers and is an excellent screening tool for smokers, family members of smokers, or anyone with a family history of lung cancer.

CT angiography

This scan examines the blood vessels in key areas of your body, including your brain, kidneys, pelvis, legs, lungs, heart, neck, and abdomen. The technologist uses IV contrast to enhance the images to show narrowing or blockages in the blood vessels calcification causes.

CT urogram

A CT of your abdomen, which is used to evaluate your urinary tract (kidneys and bladder).

Virtual colonoscopy

The virtual colonoscopy, which is less invasive than conventional colonoscopy procedures which require anesthesia and the placement of a scope into the rectum and entire colon.

Virtual Colonoscopy is an innovative use of a Ct scan that provides a three-dimensional tour of your colon to detect polyps and tumors.

Dental CT (mandible/maxilla)

A CT scan of your mandible or maxilla screens for dental implants or detects tumors in the oral cavity using 2D and 3D techniques