A CT scan is a type of medical imaging used to assess, diagnose, and plan treatment for a variety of illnesses, including cancer, infections and even joint and muscular issues. Unlike traditional X-rays, which provide a flat image, a CT scan can be used to provide a three-dimensional presentation of a part of the body, which helps medical practitioners better understand the results of the imaging and move quickly with a path for possible treatment. Contrast materials may be injected intravenously or provided orally to help make it easier to interpret the images.
Types of CT Scans
There are several different types of CT scans depending on the part of the body that is being analyzed. While whole body scans focus on the chest, abdomen, and pelvis to better diagnose diseases of the liver, kidney, bowels, and other organs, specialty CT scans for the heart, colon, lungs, and even teeth are also available.
Neurological CT scans examine the neck and spine, searching for signs of disease, and are performed by specialists who are specifically trained in neurological imagining. Musculoskeletal CT scans can be an essential part of the recovery process after an injury, identifying damaged tissues and ligaments so that tailored physical therapy can be provided as quickly as possible.
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Dental CT scans offer patients and their healthcare providers the opportunity to examine the health of their teeth and the bones in the jaw.
Trusted Radiology Staff
Our fully-trained and board-certified staff can help you through the process of booking a CT scan, undergoing the procedure and interpreting the results, no matter what type of scan you have undergone. With low levels of radiation, CT scans are part of the contemporary arsenal against disease and can help anyone who needs a diagnosis for suspected medical issues.