What to Expect

A CT (or Computed Tomography scan) uses x-ray radiation to see the organs inside your body.  A CT scan is painless and usually takes less than 20 minutes. 

Screening Questions:  You will be asked to complete a screening form at the time of registration or bring to bring the completed form with you to your appointment.

Before the Test:  During your personal appointment confirmation call, UVA Imaging staff will inform you of your specific dosing requirement, any food or beverage restrictions, and the time that you should arrive at our center so your scan can begin on time. 

Allergies:  If you have a known allergy to a contrast dye agent, please contact us right away.  Patients with a known contrast allergy can have their exams performed at the UVA Medical Center.

Learn how to prepare for your CT.

During the Test

Comfort:  Our technologists care for your comfort and will work with you to make sure you are aware of each step of the exam. 

During your CT scan, you will lie on a table that moves within the scanner opening.  The CT scanner opening is wide and you will not feel confined within the space.  The CT scanner makes very little noise while it is scanning.

Safety:  UVA Imaging is committed to performing your scan safely and our CT scanners have industry leading radiation dose reduction capability. 

Our Radiologists protocol your specific exam depending on the body part being scanned.  Based on that protocol, the software in our CT scanners calculates the minimum amount of radiation exposure necessary to create high quality diagnostic images. 

We have invested in this technology because of our commitment to provide our patients the highest quality diagnostic images with the lowest possible radiation doses.

Contrast for Quality Images 

To obtain the best images of the body part being studied, you may receive oral or IV contrast, or both. 

Certain studies require that you ingest the oral contrast for an hour or more prior to the exam.  This time allows the contrast agent to travel through your system and better highlight the organs being scanned. 

If you receive IV contrast, you will be required to stay approximately 20 minutes following your exam for monitoring.


If you are having a CT scan and then seeing your physician, UVA Imaging can provide you with free, on-demand transportation to the entrance nearest your clinic location. 

Learn more about transportation for multiple apppointments at UVA.

Appointments Available

Scheduling and Results

Scheduling an Appointment

A scheduling specialist would be a happy to help you.  Please call us at (434) 243-0321 to schedule your exam.

All exams require a Physician's order.  Prior to scheduling your appointment, we will confirm that we have received the order.

Your Results

The doctor who ordered your exam will contact you once they have received and reviewed your results.

They may have a specific day dedicated to calling patients, so it may be several days before their office contacts you.  If there is a critical finding on your study, our radiology doctor will contact your doctor as soon as possible to let them know.