We use computed tomography, or CT, to produce 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.
What does a CT do?
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. Because radiation is used during the CT scan, we keep the radiation dose to a minimum with the use of advanced software as well as following the principle of ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable). 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.