Our multi-slice CT scanner generates data and details quickly and accurately. Computed Tomography (CT or “CAT” Scan) scanning is a painless diagnostic examination that combines x-rays and computers. These scans allow a radiologist to see the location, nature, and extent of abnormalities inside the body. CT scanning can be used to obtain information about many organs (such as the kidneys, liver, intestines, pancreas, lungs, and heart), the abdominal cavity, bones, and the spinal cord.
Frequently Asked Questions about CT:
• What is a CT scan?
CT is acronym for Computed Tomography (CT), which is also known as computed axial tomography or “CAT” scan. It is an advanced x-ray technology that produces a sequence of cross-sectional interior images of the spine, head, chest, abdomen or other areas of the body.
In this procedure, diagnostic images are produced by rotating a focused, x-ray beam around the patient. Guided by a computer, these x-ray images are taken from various angles. CT examinations produce highly detailed organ studies by capturing multiple individual image “slices”. It is considered one of the best tools to study the chest and abdomen.
• Will the CT imaging examination hurt?
No, CT imaging itself should cause no pain. CT imaging does require the patient to remain still during the examination. For some patients, staying motionless for some time may be uncomfortable. However, the CT exam itself causes no bodily sensations or pain.
CT imaging examinations that require the patient to receive a contrast injection may cause slight, temporary discomfort while the intravenous needle is injected. Diagnosis made with CT scanning may eliminate the need for invasive, exploratory surgery and surgical biopsy.
• Is CT imaging safe?
Yes, CT imaging is considered a safe examination. In general, the diagnostic benefit of a CT scan usually outweighs the risk of x-ray radiation exposure or injections of imaging contrast during the scan. Patients should inform the radiologist or technologist if they have a history of allergies (especially to medications, previous iodine injections, or shellfish), diabetes, asthma, a heart condition, kidney problems, or thyroid conditions.
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