CT Scans can be performed on practically any area of the body to understand the cause of certain acute symptoms and evaluate health, making it one of the most versatile and widely used imaging modalities in hospitals and other facilities today.
At Medical Imaging of Grapevine, CT and CTA Scans are just a few of the wide variety of imaging procedures we offer, interpreted by a team of radiologists that are fellowship-trained and board-certified for a cost that is significantly less than you'll find from hospital-affiliated imaging centers. With Medical Imaging of Grapevine, you'll find yourself in the capable hands of a world-class team offering a broad list of imaging services, giving you the peace of mind that comes with receiving the best care at an affordable price.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scans are used to evaluate systems inside the body using radiation particles much in the same way as an X-Ray does. Unlike an X-Ray, however, CT Scans take cross-sectional slices of an organ from various angles and overlay them to produce a highly detailed image of that organ. CT Scans are used on a wide variety of bodily systems to check for abnormalities and conditions in both soft and dense tissue, and although the images aren't as detailed as MRI images, CT Scans can be done in a much shorter length of time.
Since CT Scans are so versatile, here's a rundown of some of their main uses.
- Finding internal bleeding as a result of trauma
- Monitoring the status of certain diseases, such as cancers
- Guiding procedures like surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy
- Identifying locations of infections, tumors and injuries
- Evaluating whether abdominal pain is caused by appendicitis or diverticulitis
- Diagnosing bone, spine and muscle disorders
Computed Tomography Angiograms (CTA) involve the same technology used to look at the blood vessels of the body. A chest CTA is used to identify pulmonary embolisms and aortic dissection, while there are also head, carotid abdominal, pelvic and lower extremity CTAs used to evaluate blockages, narrowing, stenosis and aneurysms throughout the body. CTA is also used to evaluate the patency of stent grafts and bypass grafts in the body
Since CT Scans can be performed effectively on dense, hard tissue like bone just as much as on softer tissue-like organs. They are the gold standard for many patients' imaging needs and next to MRI. CT Scan and CTA are gold standards in patients that have a contraindication for an MRI.
First, it can be done in considerably less time than an MRI, and there are no loud noises to speak of. There are very few preparations you have to make for most CT Scans, making them considerably less invasive than some other imaging procedures. The machine simply moves around the area in question, takes a series of cross-sectional photos, and then a computer compiles these photos to produce a detailed image of the subject.
Doctors recommend CT Scans for a wide variety of different symptoms and conditions, so they are among the most common and widely used imaging modality. Medical Imaging of Grapevine understands how expensive it can be to undergo imaging using CT technology, especially if it takes multiple sessions to evaluate your health. That's why our services are a fraction of the price that you'd pay at a hospital-run imaging facility.
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