COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)
A computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan allows doctors to see inside your body. It uses a combination of x-rays and a computer to generate high-resolution images of your organs, bones, and other tissues. A CT scan shows more detail than a regular x-ray. CT scans are quick and can be done to any part of the body.
CT SCAN QUESTION & ANSWER
How do CT scans work?
They use a narrow X-ray beam that circles around the part of your body being scanned. This provides a series of images, or "slices" from many different angles. The computer then organizes these 2D images into a series of slices, like one piece in a loaf of bread. The process is repeated, and this provides a very detailed images of your organs, bones and other tissue. This allows for viewing of the system in question to look for abnormalities or concerning findings.
How are CT scans done?
What are they used for?
Since CT scans are much more detailed than X-Rays, they are used to detect bone and joint problems, like complex bone fractures and tumors. The detail of the CT imaging can provide visibility into damaged tendons or ligaments, or very fine fractures of bone. CTs of the chest can diagnose COVID-19, and provide visibility in changes in the lung tissue due to breathing conditions such as emphysema, COPD and damage caused by smoking. Scans can be used to find internal injuries and bleeding, such as those caused by a car accident. They can help locate a tumor, blood clot, excess fluid, or infection. Doctors use them to guide treatment plans and procedures, such as biopsies, surgeries, and radiation therapy. Doctors can compare CT scans to find out if certain treatments are working. For example, scans of a tumor over time can show whether it’s responding to chemotherapy or radiation.
What Is a CT scan with contrast?
West Wichita Family Physician's CT modality has been certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for the past 9 years. ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. This ensures that the quality of the images and your safety are our top priorities.