Also known as CAT (Computed Axial Tomography), the CT scan is a special type of X-ray that produces 2 and/or 3 dimensional images of the body. Invented in 1972, it took 30 seconds to take 1 (slice) image, and provided very crude images.
CT technology has progressed over the years. At Reno Diagnostic Centers, our 64-Slice, Spiral CT scanner has the ability to do multiple slices simultaneously in less than half a second. Typical entire body CT is performed in about 15 seconds.
CT scanning allows your physician to see inside your body without the need to operate because it creates a high resolution, 3D image of the body. The images produced are similar to what a surgeon would see when performing an operation. Because CT images are more detailed than the images produced by conventional X-rays, there is greater accuracy and an ability to detect small abnormalities that might have otherwise gone undetected. It is fast, effective and the risks are low.
RDC was the first in the diagnostic imaging community to offer ASIR (Adaptive Statistical Interactive Reconstruction) with our CT imaging. ASIR is a software program used prospectively with the CT imaging sequence to reduce radiation dose to the patient by up to 40%.
You can learn more about CT scans on www.radiologyinfo.org
CT is also important in the detection and diagnosis of:
- Lung Cancer
- Enlarged Lymph Nodes
- Pancreatic Disease
- Back Problems
- Pulmonary Blood Clots
- Coronary & Peripheral Vascular Disease