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What Is a CT(CAT) Scan?

Computerized Tomography (CT) provides cross-sectional images of any body part. Cross-sectional images are often described as looking into a loaf of bread by cutting the loaf into thin slices. When the image slices are reassembled by computer software, the result is a very detailed multidimensional view of the body's interior used to assist in the diagnosis of conditions of organs and body structures.

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Computerized Tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray that rotates around your body 360 degrees forming a multi-dimensional set of data that can be viewed in multiple planes. CT scanning produces detailed images not produced by ordinary x-rays because the CT scanner uses a very thin beam of x-ray and a computer to generate and manipulate image.


At Teton Radiology we utilize the best technology on the market to produce your images. We have a 64 slice Toshiba scanner which is capable of scanning your entire Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis in less than 12 seconds! Our Toshiba scanner boasts ultra high resolution scanning, the industry's thinnest slice configuration, and the best low contrast resolution for lowest dose imaging. This means you get the best image possible with the lowest radiation dose. For those people who enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere, our scanner is located in a spacious, private suite with South facing windows to make the time you are here pleasant. In addition, all of our technologists are registered and extensively trained to provide a safe and superior medical imaging experience.


  • Looking at the organs of the body, including the lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, stomach, bowel and reproduction organs.
  • Diagnosing brain tumors or brain injury.
  • Diagnosing primary cancers and metastatic diseases.
  • Diagnosing Arterial abnormalities and aneurysms.
  • Evaluating post surgical success for the spine and extremities.
  • Evaluating fractures of bones.
  • Non-invasive evaluation of the arteries of the heart and the patency of bypass grafts


The CT scanner is a large machine with a hole, or tunnel (called a gantry), in the center. You will lie on a table which slides into and out of the gantry. You may be asked to hold your breath during scanning. The x-ray tube and electronic x-ray detectors which are located inside the gantry rotate around you. The technologist console and the computer workstation that processes the imaging information is located in a separate room, but rest assured that you will be able to communicate with the technologist throughout the scan. A CT examination usually takes five minutes to half an hour. When the exam is over, the patient may be asked to wait until the images are examined to determine if more images are needed.


Sometimes contrast (also referred to as X-ray dye) is needed to highlight bowel structures or internal organs. Contrast can be given orally or through an I.V. Contrast used for CT is iodine based, if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Iodine or X-ray dye, please notify your technologist.

If you take Glucophage, Glucovance, or any other medication that includes Metformin, you will need to stop taking it for 48 hours after your exam; your technologist will give you instructions.


You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your CT exam. Metal objects can affect the image, so avoid clothing with zippers and snaps. You may be asked to remove hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids and any removable dental work that could obscure the images. You also may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything for up to four hours before the exam. Women should always inform their doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

  • Brain - No prep required unless I.V. contrast will be given.
  • Chest - Clear liquids 4 hours prior to exam
  • Neck - Clear liquids 4 hours prior to exam
  • Spine - No Prep
  • Abdomen- Clear liquids 4 hours prior to exam (oral contrast will be given at the time of your arrival and you will wait approximately 1 hour for the contrast to move through your intestines).
  • Pelvis - Clear liquids 4 hours prior to exam (oral contrast will be given at the time of your arrival and you will wait approximately 1 hour for the contrast to move through your intestines).
  • Extremities- No Prep

****You may take any necessary medications prior to your exam with a small amount of clear liquid, if your medication requires food be taken with it, please contact us prior to your exam*****

If you would like to save time on the day of your exam, you may click here and fill out your Outpatient CT Documentation form at your leisure and bring it with you on the day of your exam.

Dr. Chris Malcom

Call: 208-454-0742

While Dr. Malcom treats a variety of patients, he also specializes in the treatment of vein disease, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy needing sclerotherapy or other vein surgery. He is one of the lead trainers, ensuring all vein doctors are able to carry out care at a high level but affordable price.

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Patient Testimonials

Misty Scott
Misty Scott

I had a pretty great experience here. Check in was easy since most of it was done over the phone prior to arrival. I was well taken care of during the whole imaging process. I was a little nervous but that went away quickly while being talked through the whole process and during the process. Very great staff!

Michael Dill
Michael Dill

They went above and beyond to help my diagnosis. The Ultrasound technician looked at my prostate, but it appeared normal, so she explored my abdomen. She then found a hernia! I believe it would have gone undetected and untreated if not for her persistence. Thanks to ALL at Imaging and Vein Center of Idaho for a positive experience during a scary time.

Dan and Amy Warner
Dan and Amy Warner

Everyone has been wonderful and very caring. Thank you all for everything. Oh and you really need to get banana flavored contrast drinks.😁

Susanne Buckley
Susanne Buckley

This staff and service was fantastic. They got me in the day after I called to make an appointment. Cash pay price was VERY reasonable. I highly recommend this facility.

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We are driven by empathy and compassion and strive for our patients to have a good experience and successful exam. Every technologist is extensively educated in their field and is not only experienced, but also caring and committed to capturing the best diagnostic images.

Offering Board Certified Radiologists with subspecialities in Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal, Body, Breast, Interventional and General Radiology.

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When you're getting ready for an imaging service to verify your healthcare provider's diagnosis, to check in on your new baby or to assess the damage your fall has done to your ankle, you need a variety of things. You'll need cutting-edge equipment to get a deeper view of your bodily systems, a friendly technologist to ease you through the imaging process and a knowledgeable radiologist to walk you through the results. You can count on the Teton Radiology to provide ideal imaging services.

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Teton Radiology offers a wide range of imaging services to provide you and your physician with an understanding of what's going on inside your body. Our imaging services include:


MRI is a safe method of obtaining detailed pictures of internal body structures with the use of magnetic field and the radio frequency pulses.

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Ultrasound imaging (also called “sonography”) uses high-frequency sound waves to create visual images of the internal body structures.

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Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie.

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