Types of Computed Tomography
Computed tomography (CT) shows organs of interest at selected levels of the body. They are the visual equivalent of bloodless slices of anatomy, with each scan being a single slice. CT examinations produce detailed organ studies by stacking individual image slices. CT can image the internal portion of organs and separate overlapping structures precisely. The scans are produced by having the source of the X-ray beam encircle or rotate around the patient. X-rays passing through the body are detected by an array of sensors. Information from the sensors is computer processed and then displayed as an image on a video screen.
CT of the spine is a diagnostic imaging test used to help diagnose or rule out spinal column damage in injured patients. CT scanning of the spine is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate.
Because treatment depends on the type of stroke, your doctor may use head CT to help diagnose your condition. Immediate stroke treatment can help save lives and reduce disability by restoring blood flow for an ischemic stroke or controlling bleeding and reducing pressure on the brain in the case of a hemorrhagic stroke.
A cardiac CT scan produces pictures of the coronary arteries (blood vessels of the heart) to determine the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque. During the procedure, you will be connected to ECG leads on your chest to synchronize the capture of X-ray images with the motion of the heart. The amount of calcified plaque will be expressed as a calcium score.
CT of the head uses special X-ray equipment to help assess head injuries, severe headaches, dizziness, and other symptoms of aneurysm, bleeding, stroke and brain tumors. It also helps your doctor evaluate your face, sinuses and skull as well as planning radiation therapy for brain cancer.
This cross-sectional imaging technology enables the radiologist to look at different levels or slices of the lower back using a rotating X-ray beam. The radiologist is able to view each slice to assess for injuries, including ruptured disks and other bony abnormalities.
CT of the abdomen and pelvis is a diagnostic imaging test used to help detect diseases of the small bowel, colon and other internal organs. It is often used to determine the cause of unexplained pain. CT scanning of the abdomen is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate.
CT scans of the chest can provide more detailed information about organs and structures inside the chest than standard X-rays of the chest, thus providing more information related to injuries or diseases of the chest (thoracic) organs.
Chest CT scans may also be used to visualize placement of needles during biopsies of thoracic organs or tumors, or during aspiration (withdrawal) of fluid from the chest. This is useful in monitoring tumors and other conditions of the chest before and after treatment.
CT enterography uses special X-ray equipment and an injection of contrast material after the ingestion of liquid to produce detailed images of the small intestine and structures within the abdomen and pelvis. It's often used to identify and locate problems within the bowel, such as inflammation, bleeding, obstructions and Crohn's disease. CT enterography is better able to visualize the entire thickness of the bowel wall when compared to other small intestine imaging procedures.
3D Post Processing
We offer 3D post-processing services for CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR angiography on-site. Post processing may include, but is not limited to: 3D rendering of CT and MR images, image segmentation, multi-planar reformats, minimum and maximum intensity projections for specific protocols.