Computerized Tomography (CT)-Scan
A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body.
What is a CT Scan?
We REcommend Ct-Scans to help:
Diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumors and fractures
Measure patency of the airway
Locate malposition of the Jaw
Pinpoint the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot
Detect and monitor diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease, lung nodules and liver masses
Monitor the effectiveness of certain treatments, such as cancer treatment
Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding
More Information About Ct-Scans?
During a CT scan, you’re briefly exposed to ionizing radiation. The amount of radiation is greater than you would get during a plain X-ray because the CT scan gathers more detailed information. CT scans have not been shown to cause long-term harm, although there may be a very small potential to increase your risk of cancer.
CT scans have many benefits that outweigh this small potential risk. Doctors use the lowest dose of radiation possible to obtain the needed medical information. Also, newer, faster machines and techniques require less radiation than was previously used. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of your CT scan.
Depending on which part of your body is being scanned, you may need to prepare by:
Taking off some or all of your clothing and to wear a hospital gown
Remove any metal objects, such as a belt, jewelry, dentures and eyeglasses, which might interfere with image results
Refraining from eating or drinking for a few hours before your scan
What Can You Expect?
You can have a CT scan done in a hospital or an outpatient facility. CT scans are painless and, with newer machines, take only a few minutes. The whole procedure typically takes about 30 minutes.