CT Scan

The computerized tomography (CT) scan technology gives doctors instrumental in-depth perception in the most delicate cases.

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What is a CT Scan?

One of the most instrumental diagnostics medical test is the CT Scan, capable of imaging bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels at the same time. This diagnostic test uses special x-ray technology to produce high-quality cross-sectional images of the body, these can then be reformatted in multiple planes and can even be turned into 3-dimensional images. The CT Scanner is a large machine with a short tunnel in the middle, patients will be introduced into this tunnel on a narrow examination table, while inside both an x-ray tube and several electronic x-ray detectors will rotate around the patient creating multiple images of the desired area.

The images that are generated with a CT Scan also known as CAT Scan, provide more detail of internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels making it easier and faster for emergency physicians to diagnose internal injuries.

What are CT Scans

Most Commonly Used For?

Modern CT Scanners are incredibly fast and accurate, they can scan through large sections of an adult patient in a matter of seconds and even faster in children. Speed is one of the top benefits of this type of test, but beyond speed, the versatility and accuracy of the results are why ER doctors rely on it so much.

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CT Scans in our emergency room are often used to diagnose the following:

  • Internal injuries to the lungs, liver, spleen, bowel, and heart in cases of trauma such as a vehicular accident.
  • Diagnose patients with acute symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, abdominal pain.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases that could lead to stroke, kidney failure, pulmonary embolism, and aortic aneurysms.
  • Because of the detail and accuracy of the imagining CT Scans are instrumental in the diagnosis of injuries to the hands, feet, and other skeletal structures as well as musculoskeletal disorders.
  • CT Scans can also detect several types of cancer.

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How Important are CT Scanners in an Emergency Room?

A CT Scanner is one of the quickest and more accurate examinations and diagnostic tools available in modern medicine, and because of this, it has become an invaluable tool to emergency physicians around the globe.

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Benefits of Utilizing a CT Scan Diagnostic Test Are:

  • It is painless, non-invasive, and accurate.
  • Fast, detailed results help save lives in the emergency room.
  • It is capable of imaging bone, soft tissue, internal organs, and blood vessels at the same time, thus significantly lowering diagnostic times.
  • In many cases, it eliminates the need for exploratory surgery.
  • No radiation remains in the patient’s body after the examination, reducing the risk of side effects.
  • Can be performed on a wide range of patients even those with an implanted medical device.