What is a CT SCAN?

Computed Tomography (CT) is an imaging tool that combines x-rays with computer technology to produce a more detailed, cross-sectional image of your body. A CT scan lets your doctor see the size, shape, and position of structures that are deep inside your body, such as organs, tissues, or tumors.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before undergoing a CT scan.

Source: Orthoinfo.org

You may need a CT scan if you have a problem with a small, bony structure or if you have severe trauma to the brain, spinal cord, chest, abdomen, or pelvis. Sometimes, you may be given a dye or contrast material to make certain parts of your body show up better.

You lie as motionless as possible on a table that slides into the center of the cylinder-like CT scanner. The process is painless. An x-ray tube slowly rotates around you, taking many pictures from all directions. A computer combines the images to produce a clear, two-dimensional view on a television screen.

A CT Scan costs more and takes more time than a regular x-ray. It can be done in either a hospital setting or an outpatient imaging center. Don’t have insurance? That’s okay! Here at MRAD we understand that a CT scan can be very expensive. That’s why we offer the best self-pay rates in the Chicagoland area. Click here to get a quote.

***If you have a commercial insurance provider (IE: BCBS, CIGNA, United etc…) this study may require pre-authorization by the ordering provider. This simply means the ordering provider must contact your insurance company and provide clinical data such as results from a previous office visit, image study or exam. Once this has been completed your insurance company will provide an authorization code that must be given to Midwest Advanced Radiology (MRAD) in order to proceed with your exam. Failure to obtain prior authorization may result in additional out of pocket costs.

If you have Medicare (excludes Medicare Advantage and Medicare Replacement) or are self-pay prior authorization is not needed.


Setting up an appointment has never been easier. You can simply call one of your locations, or follow the steps below to schedule your CT SCAN study.

We will call you the day before your appointment as a reminder of your upcoming CT SCAN study.