CT stands for Computed Tomography. This modality uses X-ray technology, and is one of the most common imaging technologies used today.
When X-rays pass through your body, they are read by an array of detectors (in lieu of film) inside the scanner. Images are generated from the number and location of the detectors that the X-rays contact. Anatomy, such as bone and other calcified items, is very dense and presents as bright white on the images.
Air, on the other hand, presents as dark (black) on the images. All other tissues, fluids, etc., present on the gray scale, between black and white. A CT-Scan is utilized to help detect certain conditions that regular X-ray studies cannot diagnose.
The CT-Scanner uses an X-ray source like that used in chest X-rays, however, the X-ray beam is so narrowly focused that portions of the body outside of the scanned region receive relatively little radiation.
CT-Scan also provides better diagnostic evaluations than MRI in certain conditions, such as lung lesions and acute head trauma, or in certain conditions where an MRI is not advisable, such as cochlear implants, cardiac pacemakers or brain clips.
Our multi-slice CT not only provides excellent diagnostic information, but also allows for a faster scan and 3-D reconstruction time. The multi-slice capability allows for thinner slices, resulting in excellent image quality and diagnostic confidence.