What Is Detected By A CT Scan? CT scans can actually be used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions ....
There are a variety of preventative measures and screenings that can be done to monitor your health. Did you know that CT scans can actually be used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions? When discussing preventative care with your primary doctor, consider the health risks that can be detected by a CT scan.
What is a CT Scan?
A CT scan, or Computerized Tomography, combines a series of X-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the bones and tissues in your body that cannot be normally seen with traditional x-rays. “CT scans were originally developed for diagnosing disorders of the brain, but are now used to image tissues throughout the entire body”- read more
How it’s Done
During a CT scan, numerous x-ray beams and electronic x-ray detectors measure the amount of radiation being absorbed into your body. Computer technology then processes the data to create 2-dimensional cross-sectional images, or “slices” of the area. In some cases, your technician may add a contrast agent to highlight an organ or area of tissue. Tower Radiology provides one of the most technologically advanced 16-Slice CT scanner.
What Can Be Detected
While a CT scan can be used to detect trauma or abnormal brain activity, a CT scan can also be used to:
- Diagnose muscle and bone disorders.
- Locate bone fractures.
- Find blood clots, or infections.
- Detect heart disease.
- Diagnose lung, liver, pancreatic, and other cancers.
- Locate internal injuries and signs of internal bleeding.
- Treat spinal problems in the hands and feet.
Are you a female between the ages of 40 and 50? A CT scan can also be used to detect cysts or tumors to rule out breast cancer. Please take the time to ask your doctor about preventative screenings or CTs.
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