Computerized Tomography or CT Scan is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat a host of medical conditions. CT Scanning involves specialized x-tray equipment with powerful computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. CT Scans provide greater clarity than regular x-rays.
It produces 3-D images of cross sectional parts of the body. CT scans are commonly used to diagnose strokes, hemorrhage, tumors, and certain internal injuries. CT can distinguish differences in bone, tissue, blood, fat, gas, fluid, etc. These scans determine if a growth is cystic or solid and if an organ’s shape and size are abnormal. During a CT scan you lie still on a table. As the table slowly passes through the center of a large x-ray machine, the scanning takes place. It is a painless procedure. IV and oral contrast are often utilized to aid in CT scans to make parts of your body show up better in the image.
Think of the scan results as a loaf of sliced bread. Your physician can look at each of the slices individually, or perform additional visualization to make 3-D images.
CT scans Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center can perform include Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis, and Extremities. The Hi Speed CT technology allows for 3D image reconstruction which reduces radiation exposure, exam time and provides improved imaging capabilities.
For more information on CT Scanning call 479-968-2841.