For compassionate, high-tech imaging services, make Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster your trusted source. Extremity Cat Scan (CT) appointments are now available at our Lancaster office. Call 717-299-4871 to schedule an appointment.

Thanks to CT scanning (computed tomography, often called a “CAT” scan) doctors can view a “slice” of the human body painlessly. Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster offers extremity CT scans for the upper and lower extremities, allowing faster scan times and quicker results back to your doctor for follow up. 

The state-of-the-art HiRise extremity CT scanner at Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster also offers a Metal Artefact Reduction (MAR) feature for patients that may have already had surgical intervention, which allows for quality imaging even when metal is present in the desired joint. 

The HiRise extremity CT scanner uses a very low dose of radiation compared to a normal CT scanner, allowing less overall patient dose and still very high-quality images. This scanner allows doctors to assess new and healing fractures as well as pre-operative planning for upcoming surgeries. The scan takes approximately five to six minutes total.

Lower extremity scans include feet, ankles, knees and standing hips. Allows the patient to remain standing for the test, resulting in weight bearing images for the physician to review. These images differ from standard CT scanners and help inform the physician of possible alignment- determinant conditions and create a better assessment of a patient’s gait under normal standing pressure. Some popular indications for a weight bearing CT exam include Lisfranc, Hindfoot alignment evaluation, and Charcot. We are also able to perform these studies non weight bearing (excluding hips) due to patient condition or recent injury if necessary. 

Upper extremity scans include hands, wrists and elbows. The flexibility of this machine allows patients to sit during their exam creating a more comfortable atmosphere when trying to capture the best image possible. The patient’s extremity is inserted straight into the machine, so there isn’t any awkward positioning or pain for the patient.