Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
A CT Scan is an advanced X-ray technique that uses X-ray and computer technology to obtain cross-sectional images of the body. giving detailed information for diagnosis.
With the cutting edge technology that we have, we are able to use lower dose of contrast yet produce results with higher resolution, better image quality and higher accuracy.
– Siemens SOMATOM DRIVE – with A Dual Source CT Scanner
– Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS – World’s First Adaptive Scanner
CT ABDOMINAL AORTA
Many abdominal aortic aneurysms are incidentally found on ultrasound examinations, x-rays or CT scans. … Angiography: This exam, which uses x-rays, CT or MRI and a contrast material to produce pictures of major blood vessels throughout the body, is used to help identify abnormalities such as abdominal aortic aneurysms.
CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels. CT scanning provides more detailed information on head injuries, stroke, brain tumors and other brain diseases than regular radiographs (x-rays).
A coronary computed tomography angiogram (CTA) uses advanced CT technology, along with intravenous (IV) contrast material (dye), to obtain high-resolution, 3D pictures of the moving heart and great vessels. CTA is also called multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT), cardiac CT or cardiac CAT.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON USES OF THIS PROCEDURE?
CT imaging is:
- One of the best and fastest tools for studying the chest, abdomen and pelvis because it provides detailed, cross-sectional views of all types of tissue.
- Often the preferred method for diagnosing many different cancers, including lung, liver and pancreatic cancer, since the image allows a physician to confirm the presence of a tumor and measure its size, precise location and the extent of the tumor’s involvement with other nearby tissue.
- An examination that plays a significant role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases that can lead to stroke, kidney failure or even death. CT is commonly used to assess for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung vessels) as well as for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
- Invaluable in diagnosing and treating spinal problems and injuries to the hands, feet and other skeletal structures because it can clearly show even very small bones as well as surrounding tissues such as muscle and blood vessels.
- Able to produce high resolution 4 dimensional images of the smallest coronary arteries. It can detect blockages that can lead to a heart attack.
IS IT SAFE?
You will be exposed to some x-ray radiation during a CT scan. The amount of radiation you are exposed to is within acceptable safety limits. However CT scans are not recommended for pregnant women because of the risk to the unborn baby.