CAT Scan | Computerized Tomography | On-Site Lab
A CT scan (sometimes referred to as CAT scan) allows a doctor to see a visual picture of nearly every part of the human body. The picture can be useful in planning medical, surgical or radiation treatment.
How does a CT scan work?
The CT scan essentially combines a series of X-ray images using computer processing to create a cross-sectional image of bones, blood vessels and soft tissues in your body. The image provides much more detailed information than a traditional X-ray offers.
As you can see in the picture, the patient will lie on their back will slowly moving through the opening of the CT scan unit. This allows the X-rays to scan the body and capture the necessary images. Rather than using film, X-ray detectors are positioned opposite of the narrow beams of X-rays passing through the body.
Slices can also be combined to produce a three-dimensional picture of an organ or an abnormal body structure. A CT scan is noninvasive, fast, painless, and accurate.
Are CT scans safe?
The benefits of obtaining detailed, accurate data from a CT Scan outweigh the minimal risk associated with the radiation used during the scan. Technology has advanced to the point that risk to the patient is extremely low. It’s important to discuss this with the emergency professional working on your case.
Our experts at Surepoint Emergency Center will outline the different diagnostic tools available – including our state of the art CT scan machine – and recommend a path that will best meet your immediate needs.