What Is a CT Scan?

Computed (or computerized) tomography (CT) is a type of medical imaging used to diagnose medical conditions, monitor disease, and guide treatment. While there is some radiation exposure for patients during a CT scan, computed tomography is fast, accurate, painless, and safe. Here is some information to help you understand what computed tomography is and how CT scans work.

How do CT scans work?

Computed tomography combines a series of X-ray images taken at different angles around your body. A computer combines these images to create a cross-sectional image of internal structures in the body.

These images collectively provide a three-dimensional view of an area inside the body. However, each individual image can be examined more closely for a look at a specific area.

CT scans provide a more detailed image than conventional X-ray imaging.

Why would you need a CT scan?

Computed tomography is a diagnostic imaging test that helps identify injuries or disorders, diagnose diseases, monitor the progression or treatment of diseases, and guide treatment for various medical conditions.

Common uses for computed tomography:

  • Identify bone fractures, tumors, infections, and blood clots.
  • Detect diseases, disorders, and abnormalities inside the body.
  • Monitor diseases such as cancer.
  • Monitor cancer treatments.
  • Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding.

CT scans provide a closer look at bones, blood vessels, muscles, organs, soft tissues, and nearly all parts of the body.

Computed tomography helps medical professionals plan for procedures, surgeries, or other treatments. These scans can also help save lives in emergency situations (such as accidents or trauma) by detecting injuries or hemorrhaging inside the body.

Radiation exposure and CT scans

Patients are exposed to ionizing radiation during computed tomography scans. While there is more radiation exposure during a CT scan than a conventional X-ray, Radiation exposure from computed tomography has not been shown to cause long-term harm.

The benefits of medical imaging outweigh the potential risks of radiation exposure during a scan. CT scans quickly and safely obtain medical information that would otherwise be difficult to learn.

MANA Imaging offers low radiation computerized tomography with the Toshiba Aquilion CT scanner. The Aquilion CT scanner uses the latest low dose radiation technology to minimize the patient’s exposure to ionizing radiation.

Low radiation CT reduces radiation exposure by 50% to 200% depending on the type of exam. For example, patients receive more radiation during a chest scan than during an arm scan.

Low radiation CT provides a more comfortable exam without a reduction in image quality.

MANA Imaging has accreditation in Computed Tomography from the American College of Radiology. ACR accredited clinics provide the best possible radiology services and medical care.

MANA Imaging is located on the first floor of Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic. Directions to MANA