CT scans are an important diagnostic tool. To learn more about CT scans in South Florida, contact our office today.
The term “computed tomography,” also known as CT or previously as a CAT scan, refers to a special computerized X-ray procedure in which a narrow beam of X-rays is aimed at a patient and then quickly rotated around the body to generate cross-sectional images of the part of the body that is being scanned. The “slices” or tomographic images from a CT scan are more detailed than traditional X-rays. Once they are collected by the machine’s computer, they separate images are digitally “stacked” to form a 3D image that allows for easier identification and location of basic structures including possible tumors or abnormalities.
During the test, you will lie on a table that is attached to the CT scanner (which is a large doughnut-shaped machine). The table will slowly move through the gantry while the X-ray tube rotates around you, shooting the X-rays. Instead of film, these scanners use special digital X-ray detectors. As the X-rays leave the patient, they are transmitted to a computer.
A CT scan can be used to study all parts of your body including the chest, belly, pelvis, or an arm or leg. It can take pictures of body organs, such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, lungs, and heart.
It also can study blood vessels, bones, and the spinal cord. Sometimes an iodine dye (contrast material) is used to make structures and organs easier to see on the CT pictures. The dye may be used to check blood flow, find tumors, and look for other problems. The dye can be used in different ways. It may be put in a vein (IV) in your arm, or it may be placed into other parts of your body to see those areas better. For some types of CT scans, you drink the dye. CT pictures may be taken before and after the dye is used.
If a CT scan has been recommended, make sure you schedule it as soon as possible. CT scans can diagnose possibly life-threatening conditions including hemorrhage, blood clots, or cancer. Early diagnosis of these types of conditions can be life-saving.
For more information about CT scans in South Florida, please call us today at (954) 546-8621 to make an appointment.