Getting Comfortable With Your CT 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 

At Cy-Fair Hospital, patient education is important to us.  That’s why we want you to be prepared for procedures like a diagnostic CT.

Protection During Your Diagnostic CT Procedures
Computed tomography (CT) is an X-ray technique that produces more detailed images of your internal organs than a conventional X-ray can. This imaging procedure can help diagnose muscle and bone disorders such as fractures, determine whether you have a tumor or blood clot, check for cancer and see if a cancerous tumor is growing, and find internal injuries or bleeding. But in a time when CT scans are being ordered more frequently by physicians, you may still be left wondering - “How much radiation am I receiving?” 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is responding to these concerns with a preventative approach. “While the use of CT scans in medical practice is critical, there is a way to provide the images your physician needs while reducing the amount of radiation you receive,” said Angelic McDonald, CT/MRI manager at Cy-Fair Hospital. “The hospital utilizes Attenurad radioprotective garments, a product that allows radiologic technologists to take quality image scans of the body while reducing radiation exposure.”

The protective garments are not whole body shields, but are organ and tissue specific to help protect certain sensitive areas of the body. These shields protect areas of the body such as the lenses of the eyes, the thyroid, and breast tissue. 

Adding a Little Flavor to Your CT Scan
Some CT scans require you to drink a contrast liquid before the scan. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has taken steps to make this process as comfortable as possible. To help patients manage the contrast liquids needed to effectively perform their scans, barium liquids are offered in a variety of flavors such as berry and banana. For pediatric patients or other patients having issues drinking the barium solutions, a clear water beverage with a flavored drink mix is also available.  A little flavor goes a long way!

To learn more or to schedule your next CT scan at Cy-Fair Hospital, visit or call 281-897-3121.