Computed tomography (CT) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions using cross-sectional images.
CT imaging combines special x-ray equipment with computers to produce multiple images of the inside of the body. CT scans of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and show more details than routine x-ray exams.
CT scans help diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, appendicitis, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. For instance, a CT scan is often the preferred method for diagnosing different types of cancer because the image allows a physician to confirm the presence of a tumor, measure its size and exact location, and determine the extent of the tumor's involvement with other nearby tissue.
Physicians often use a CT imaging examination to:
- Quickly identify injuries to the lungs, heart and vessels, liver, spleen, kidneys, bowel, or other internal organs in cases of trauma.
- Guide biopsies and other procedures, such as abscess drainages.
- Plan for and assess the results of some surgeries such as gastric bypass.
- Plan and monitor response to radiation and chemotherapy.
- Measure bone mineral density for the detection of osteoporosis.
At Perry County Memorial Hospital, an important feature is included in our CT scanner to eliminate needless radiation exposure to our patients. The radiation dose reduction technology, CARE Dose 4D, allows us to reduce radiation exposure by up to 68 percent without compromising image quality. This technique can be used for CT scanning of the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis for all patients, including children.
PCMH Radiology Department
For questions: 573-768-3295
To schedule an appointment: 573-547-4288
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