CT: Computed Tomography

  • A CT scanner creates its image by moving the human body through a doughnut shaped machine, which emits a series of narrow X-ray beams.

  • The data from these beams is converted by a computer into diagnostic cross- sectional images. Special software is used to reconstruct images in different planes and to create 3 dimensional views.

  • A CT scan provides fast and detailed imaging of the head and the body.

  • CT is particularly useful in imaging of the:

    • abdomen and pelvis
    • the lungs
    • soft tissues
    • bones
    • brain
    • heart and blood vessels

  • Because of the speed of the examination, it is possible to image the beating heart to demonstrate even the smallest blood vessels!

  • Most CT scans are painless and non-invasive.

  • Some examinations require special preparations and an intravenously administered contrast (dye) media to optimize the visualization of organs, structures and vessels in the body.

  • Patients are screened for known allergies and existing conditions before any procedure is started.