Computed Tomography (CT) is a sophisticated imaging technique that can demonstrate anatomy at different angles around the body. With computer aid, these techniques provide clear, sharp, detailed cross-section imaging of the anatomy.
CT scans can show several types of tissue with great clarity such as bone, soft tissue and blood vessels and allows easy differentiation between soft tissue structures, which greatly improves on the conventional x-ray. CT scans can detect and determine the exact size and location of anatomical abnormalities such as tumors, lesions, blood clots, and blood vessel defects and bone defects. The images produced are generally of cross-sectional nature, with multiple scans creating the ability to produce 3-D images of internal structures. The scan is painless and will usually take between five and ten minutes depending on the part of your body being scanned.
In some cases contrast agents (oral or IV) are administered to image particular tissues more effectively. Many contrasts agents do contain iodine, which can provoke an allergic reaction in some patients. If you have an allergy to iodine or any other allergies, notify the nurse, technologist or radiologist before the administration of the contrast agent. If you suspect you may be pregnant or you are pregnant, you must notify your doctor or the CT technologist before the CT scan.
The CT units at the Uniontown Hospital are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. This accreditation guarantees that the entire program has met the stringent standards set forth by the ACR.
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