Ct At First Hill

Computed tomography (CT and CTA) uses X-ray technology to take multiple views of the inside of the body. Compared to regular X-rays, a CT scan can take clearer images of organs, bone, soft tissue, blood vessels and other parts of the body. Our CT scanners have been evaluated and accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our CT technologists have been certified by the American College of Radiology.

First Hill CT Location and Hours of Operation

First Hill CT is located at Swedish First Hill Campus at 747 Broadway, Seattle WA, on the 4th floor, East tower. From the main lobby, take the East elevators to the 4th floor. Our outpatient hours are Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 206-386-3990 option #1.  We do not validate patient parking.

What to expect the day of your exam

  •  Follow your doctor's instructions regarding any changes to your medicines or diet
  • Check in to Radiology on 4 East
  • A receoptionist will register you and ask you to sign a hospital consent form. Copies of your photo ID and insurance cards will be made. You may need to complete a CT Screening Form.
  • A healthcare professional will explain the test and answer any questions you may have
  • You will remove your clothes and put on a gown or robe
  • You will remove all jewelry, hair clips, dentures and other objects that could show on the X-ray and make the images hard to read
  • If your CT scan includes oral contrast, you will need to drink the contrast at this time
  • If your CT requires intravenous contrast, you will have an IV placed. If you are over 60 years old and have not had a creatinine level drawn within 30 days, one will be performed in CT via a small sample of blood taken while placing your IV line.
  • You will be asked to lie on the CT table, usually on your back
  • The technologist will explain the scan to you including any breathing instructions
Our goal is to provide excellent service and care for our patients. If you have questions, comments or suggestions please feel free to contact management directly:

Medical Imaging Manager - Dave Wilson, MHA, RT (R) (CT) (ARRT)

206-215-3254 or dave.wilson@swedish.org

What to expect after the exam

You will need to wait for the technologist to review your images. In some cases, more images will need to be taken. If an IV was placed, it will be removed at this time. After the exam you may return to your normal routine. If you were given contrast, drink plenty of fluids to help your kidneys remove the contrast from your body.

Exam Results

A board certified radiologist will interpret the images and create a report for your doctor.  Reports are sent to your doctor within 8-24 hours. Please contact your doctor for results.

Call your doctor

Complications are rare. If you were given contrast, call your doctor if any of the following occurs after your exam

  • hives
  • itching
  • nausea
  • swollen, itchy eyes
  • tightness of the throat
  • difficulty breathing

First Hill CT offers the following CT procedures:

  • CT of the head or neck
  • CT of the chest, abdomen and pelvis (including liver, pancreas, adrenals and IVP's)
  • CT enterography
  • CT of the extremities (including hip through toes and shoulder through fingers)
  • CT of the spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral iliac joints, sacrum and coccyx)
  • CT Angiogram of head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis (including run off's)
  • CT's for special procedures including Makoplasty, DePuy Tru-Match protocol as well as CT guided needle placement for drainages, biopsies, chest tube placement, chemotherapy ablations and fine needle aspirations

 These and other CT procedures may also be available at other Swedish locations: Ballard, Cherry Hill, Edmonds, Issaquah, Mill Creek, Redmond and PET/CT