CT scans help doctors treat and diagnose injuries and illnesses. This technology provides a clear picture of the inside of your body so they can better determine what may be causing your symptoms. There are many reasons why you might need a CT scan and it can be especially useful for those who are unable to undergo an MRI. Often, people with injuries or an implanted medical device cannot comfortably lie down for 30-60 minutes. Using a CT scan is an effective alternative.
What is a CT scan?
CT, or computerized tomography, is a special x-ray test that produces cross-sectional images of the body. There are different types of CT scans, depending on the type of injury or illness:
- CT scanning of the abdomen
A CT scan of the abdomen helps doctors visualize several types of organs and tissues with great clarity, including the liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract, colon and rectum. This type of scan is the preferred method for diagnosing many types of cancers and vascular disorders.
- CT angiography
CT angiography uses x-rays to visualize blood flow in arterial vessels throughout the entire body. It helps doctors diagnose issues associated with arteries serving the brain, lungs, kidneys, arms and legs.
- CT scanning of the chest
A CT scan of the chest can be used to help diagnose pneumonia, tuberculosis, emphysema, bronchiectasis and lung disease. It’s also useful for accident victims or internal chest injuries. It helps assess damage to the organs, bones, spinal column and large blood vessels.
- CT scanning of the head
A CT scan of the head helps diagnose things like head injuries, skull fractures, brain tumors, blood clots, aneurysms and many types of cancers and other conditions.
- CT scanning of the spine
A CT scan of the spine is very useful in ruling out spinal cord damage for accident victims as well as diagnosing different types of cancers.
Is a CT scan safe?
Medical imaging exams, like CT scans, are directly linked to greater life expectancies and declining death rates from cancer. Moreover, they are safer and less expensive than more invasive procedures, like surgery.
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