Computed tomography (CT) of the spine is a special noninvasive X-ray scan used to detect and diagnose health problems associated with the spinal column. Spine CT can be used to determine if the spinal column has been damaged due to trauma or deterioration. Since CT scans are performed quickly, they can be used in emergency situations to detect internal injury or bleeding.
Your doctor may order a spine CT with intravenous (IV) contrast. This allows for better visualization of blood vessels and other structures. Please refer to the Computed Tomography section for more details about CT scanning and the associated risks and benefits.
Doctors order a spine CT to evaluate any symptoms that might be caused by a spine disorder. One of the most common reasons for spine CT scan is to evaluate the spine after trauma. Disorders of the spine that can be evaluated by spine CT include:
Spine CT may also be performed when preparing for surgery, radiation therapy or biopsy. Also, spine CT can be used to guide the drainage of an abscess.
To schedule a spine CT scan, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the provider who referred you to ARA. The physician will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days your exam.
ARA continues to follow CDC guidelines in requiring employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.