A CT scan is a simple procedure that involves a needle being inserted into the skin to collect blood samples.
CT scanners are expensive, but can be an inexpensive option for many who struggle to afford it.
In Texas, the state health department offers CT scanning at two clinics.
It’s a cost-effective option for patients with severe medical conditions, such as asthma and cancer.
“The procedure itself is extremely easy and very cost effective,” said Dr. Jennifer Smith, the chief medical officer of Texas Health Services, which runs the two clinics in Dallas and San Antonio.
“It takes about an hour and a half.”
Dr. Smith said the health department has been providing CT scanning for the past four years.
CT scans are an inexpensive way to see if you have a disease, such a cancer, she said.
In Dallas, a single CT scan can cost up to $500.
CT Scanner Cost CT scan costs about $100.
The health department recommends paying for the first CT scan, which costs about one-third the cost of a regular CT scan.
If the scan is needed for an urgent care visit or an urgent cancer diagnosis, the cost can be more than $500, Smith said.
“We know that we can get an affordable, quick, efficient CT scan in a very short period of time, which is the real benefit of CT scanning,” Smith said, adding that the health state also offers a free CT scan for people with serious medical conditions.
“You don’t have to pay for an appointment,” she said, “and the CT scan does not require any appointment.”
Smith said health care workers at the health clinics can offer more detailed information about the procedure, including how to use the scanner.
The first CT scanning session takes about 15 minutes.
The clinic’s clinic will have about five to 10 people at a time.
A third of those people are asked to sign a waiver to give permission to use their scan.
“Once they sign, they don’t need to go into the scanner room,” Smith explained.
A nurse who is in charge of the scan will call the patients’ phone number to confirm the scan and ask if they’d like to go home.
If they agree, they can return to the scanner with their results.
If it’s a critical condition, like cancer, Smith added, patients can be monitored for two to four hours and are then given a choice between two CT scans, a blood test or a CT scan of the whole body.
Smith also said patients can get free or reduced-cost CT scans of their entire body, or scan a specific area of their body, like the eye.
CT scanning in Texas costs about five dollars, Smith explained, which isn’t much compared to other health care services, such care for people in nursing homes or hospice care.
She said that the state has offered free CT scans for the people who need them most for nearly a year.
The clinics are in the Dallas area and San Francisco.
The Texas Health Department is offering a free consultation for people who have CT scans and want to talk about how they’re feeling about their treatment.
It will be in person, but Smith said it’s open to anyone.
The state health official said she was proud of the work done by the health care providers who perform the CT scans.
“I think the people that do these scans are doing their jobs very well,” Smith told CBC News.
“They’re trained and they’re very good and they do what they need to do to get a CT done.”