CT of Spine

What is a CT of the spine?

A computed tomography (CT) scan is a noninvasive exam that, compared with a standard X-ray, provides enhanced clarity and detail. Spine CT can be cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back or chest), or lumbar (lower back). Learn more about CT scans of the spine.

Where is the Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center located?

We are located on the north side of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto campus.

Where should I park?

Park in the lot by the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. This parking lot is located on the north side of campus. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • If IV iodinated contrast is needed and you are allergic to the iodinated contrast media, please contact your physician for a prescription for our pre-medication preparation.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • Please allow at least an hour for admissions and testing.
  • After you have been admitted, a technologist will invite you to the CT suite and ask you a series of screening questions before your test.
  • If your test has been ordered with iodinated contrast media, the technologist will start an IV for the injection and may perform a creatinine test to check your kidney function. You will then be asked to remove any metal (such as jewelry, jackets with metal snaps or zippers, or bras with metal underwires) within the area to be scanned.
  • The technologist will have you lie flat on the CT table. During the scan, the technologist may ask you to hold your breath for 10-20 seconds at a time to help produce sharp, clear images.
  • The scan should be completed within 10 minutes. Afterward, the technologist will remove the IV.

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the resultsto your doctor via our internal computer system.

Where do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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