CT stands for computerised tomography. It can be used for generating images of the brain, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis and blood vessels, and assessing abnormalities or damage to the soft tissues, bones and joints.
IMPROVED IMAGE QUALITY
The GE GOLDSEAL DISCOVERY 750 HD CT Scan uses a number of advanced technologies to produce images with sharper detail and contrast. This can help radiologists to make more accurate diagnoses.
REDUCED RADIATION DOSE
The GE GOLDSEAL DISCOVERY 750 HD CT Scan uses advanced dose reduction techniques to help reduce the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to. This is important for patients, especially children and pregnant women.
FASTER SCANNING TIMES
The GE GOLDSEAL DISCOVERY 750 HD CT Scan can scan patients faster than traditional CT scanners. This can help to reduce patient discomfort and make the procedure more efficient.
The GE GOLDSEAL DISCOVERY 750 HD CT Scan can be used for a wide range of applications, including:
• Head and neck imaging
• Chest imaging
• Abdominal and pelvic imaging
• Cardiac imaging
• Vascular imaging
• Bone imaging
What is CT Scan?A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do. A CT scan has many uses, but it's particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.
Why it's done?Your doctor may recommend a CT scan to help: • Diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumours and fractures • Pinpoint the location of a tumour, infection or blood clot • Guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy • Detect and monitor diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease, lung nodules and liver masses • Monitor the effectiveness of certain treatments, such as cancer treatment • Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding
RisksRadiation Exposure During a CT scan, you're briefly exposed to ionizing radiation. The amount of radiation is greater than you would get during a plain X-ray because the CT scan gathers more-detailed information. The low doses of radiation used in CT scans have not been shown to cause long-term harm, although at much higher doses, there may be a small increase in your potential risk of cancer. CT scans have many benefits that outweigh any small potential risk. Doctors use the lowest dose of radiation possible to obtain the needed medical information. Also, newer, faster machines and techniques require less radiation than was previously used. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of your CT scan. Reactions to contrast material In certain cases, your doctor may recommend that you receive a special dye called contrast material. This can be something that you are asked to drink before your CT scan, or something that is given through a vein in your arm or inserted into your rectum. Although rare, the contrast material can cause medical problems or allergic reactions. Most reactions are mild and result in a rash or itchiness. In rare instances, an allergic reaction can be serious, even life-threatening. Tell your doctor if you've ever had a reaction to contrast material.
How you prepare?Depending on which part of your body is being scanned, you may be asked to: • Take off some or all of your clothing and wear a hospital gown • Remove metal objects, such as a belt, jewellery, dentures and eyeglasses, which might interfere with image results • Refrain from eating or drinking for a few hours before your scan Contrast material: A special dye called contrast material is needed for some CT scans to help highlight the areas of your body being examined. The contrast material blocks X-rays and appears white on images, which can help emphasize blood vessels, intestines or other structures. Contrast material might be given to you: • By mouth. If your oesophagus or stomach is being scanned, you may need to swallow a liquid that contains contrast material. This drink may taste unpleasant. • By injection. Contrast agents can be injected through a vein in your arm to help your gallbladder, urinary tract, liver or blood vessels stand out on the images. You may experience a feeling of warmth during the injection or a metallic taste in your mouth. • By enema. A contrast material may be inserted in your rectum to help visualize your intestines. This procedure can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. Preparing your child for a scan: If your infant or toddler is having a CT scan, the doctor may recommend a sedative to keep your child calm and still. Movement blurs the images and may lead to inaccurate results. Ask your doctor how to prepare your child.
What you can expect
CT scans are painless and, with newer machines, take only a few minutes.
The whole process typically takes about 30 minutes.
During the procedure
CT scanners are shaped like a large doughnut standing on its side. You lie on a narrow, motorized table that slides through the opening into a tunnel. Straps and pillows may be used to help you stay in position. During a head scan, the table may have a special cradle that still holds your head.
While the table moves you into the scanner, detectors and the X-ray tube rotate around you. Each rotation yields several images of thin slices of your body. You may hear buzzing and whirring noises.
A technologist in a separate room can see and hear you. You will be able to communicate with the technologist via intercom. The technologist may ask you to hold your breath at certain points to avoid blurring the images.
After the procedure
After the exam, you can return to your normal routine. If you were given contrast material, you may receive special instructions. Sometimes, you may be asked to wait a short time before leaving to ensure you feel well after the exam. After the scan, you'll likely be told to drink lots of fluids to help your kidneys remove the contrast material from your body CT images are stored as electronic data files and are usually reviewed on a computer screen. A radiologist interprets these images and sends a report to your doctor.