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Computed Tomography (CT)

HealthCenter Northwest Imaging Center

Computed tomography (CT) produces a series of detailed images of the human body to be studied. The CT is a painless, fast scan that uses both special x-ray equipment and computers to produce images that can often provide more detailed information than regular X-rays.

A CT scan can produce detailed images of organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. CT scans are used to diagnose conditions such as cancer, musculoskeletal disease, and trauma to certain areas of the body. A small dose of radiation is used during the CT scan. However, the results of a CT can eliminate the need for surgical biopsies and exploratory surgery, making this dose of radiation small in comparison to the benefits of a more accurate diagnosis.

The 64-slice scanner used at the Imaging Center produces precise diagnostic pictures within five to ten seconds, enabling one to "freeze" motion and better define certain disease processes. Incredibly small details can be seen in a matter of seconds. Routine body imaging, including brain, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities, are imaged faster and with unprecedented details.

Incredible quality 3D images can be produced to enhance a diagnosis, especially in orthopedic and oncological imaging. These images are useful for evaluating tumor growth, complex fractures, equivocal fractures, post-operative evaluation, bone bar formation, and tarsal coalition.

Coronary CT - Angiography (CCTA)

Coronary Artery Disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. In almost one-third of these cases, heart attack is not only the first symptom — but also the last symptom — because these people do not survive their initial heart attack.

Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA) is a relatively new non-invasive test providing a fairly detailed look at the coronary arteries. In CCTA, cross-sectional Computed Tomgraphic (CT) images of the heart are reconstructed with powerful computers allowing doctors to see narrowing of the coronary arteries as well as diseased segments of the arteries. Blood flow in every vascular bed in the body, including arteries serving the brain and those bringing blood to the lungs, kidneys, arms and legs can be evaluated with CCTA.