Computed tomography (CT) is a non-invasive medical test that assists the physician in diagnosing and treating medical conditions. A computer converts two-dimensional x-ray cross-sectional images into three-dimensional “slices” of the body part. CT scans of internal organs, and soft tissue provide greater detail and clarity than a regular x-ray.
Your OrthoNeuro physician may request a CT scan to diagnose problems in the spine, small bones in the extremities, and other soft tissue structures. They may also be used to test bone density when evaluating for osteoporosis.
How is the CT Scan Performed?
The technologist will place you on the exam table in a position appropriate for your medical condition. Straps and pillows may be used to assist you in maintaining the test position. The table will then move quickly through the scanner to detect the correct starting position. Then the table will move slowly through the machine while the scan is completed. You may be asked to hold your breath during the scan. Even small movements such as breathing can distort the image.
Following the scan, you will be asked to wait until the tech verifies the images are high enough quality for accurate interpretation.