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What You Need To Know About CT Scans!

 

 

Everything you need to know about (1)Even though we don’t provide CT scans, at Open MRI of Pueblo, we believe that our patients should know about all medical imaging procedures. So one day, if our patients need a CT scan, they will know what a CT scan is all about. Let’s learn more about this medical imaging procedure.

 

What is a CT Scan?

According to MedicalNet, a computerized tomography (CT) is an x-ray procedure that combines numerous x-ray images, cross-sectional views, and 3D images of the internal organs and structures of the body. That’s medical talk for saying it basically takes a bunch of pictures of your internal structures and creates one final product so your doctor can see what’s going on.

 

What are the common uses of a CT Scan?

A CT Scan is useful for a variety of needs. Here’s a list detailing the common uses of a CT Scan:

  1. Examining traumatic injuries such as head trauma from a car accident
  2. Examining patients experiencing shortness of breath or abdominal pain
  3. Detecting many forms of cancer (lung, liver, etc.)
  4. Evaluating spinal issues, bone injuries, muscles, and blood vessels

 

How long does it take?

CT Scans are notoriously known as a quick procedure. The actual scan itself can take as little as a few minutes. However, the total amount of time including your preparation, scan, and reading is estimated to be about an hour or less. This is why it is commonly used in the ER to get a quick read on a patient’s situation.

 

How much radiation will I be exposed to?

A CT Scan will expose the patient to radiation due to the use of x-ray images. According to Radiology Info, an average dose of radiation from a CT Scan can range from 10-20 mSv. So, what does that mean? A dose of 10 mSv is equivalent to the amount of natural radiation you would be exposed to in 3 years and a dose of 20 mSv is equivalent to the amount of radiation you would naturally be exposed to in 7 years. However, doctors mutually agree that the benefits significantly outweigh the low risks of radiation.

 

Now that you know all about CT scans, we hope that if you ever need one you will be prepared! If you need an MRI, make an appointment with us at Open MRI of Pueblo today!