CAT Scans – Great For Looking Inside
X-rays are great for getting a closer look at the skeletal system. They are commonly used by doctors and dentists to see inside your body so that they can get a better idea of what is happening with your bones and teeth. In some situations, however, a different approach is required. For instance, if your doctor needs to view one of your organs they may need to use a special type of internal scan known as a computerized axial tomography. These scans are more commonly referred to as CAT scans or CT scans.
A good way to understand a little bit more about CAT scans is by looking at their name. A tomography is a special type of image that captures a cross-section of the inside of the body by taking multiple images and combining them together. Axial refers to the fact that the images are taken around an axis from every direction. That means that a CAT scan captures a series of images from multiple directions and then combines them to create a single image in a computer.
This method of scanning the human body is one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the recent past. CT technology was developed by Dr. Alan Cormack and Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, both of whom were jointly awarded a Nobel Prize in 1979.
3-D Image Of Patient Internals
With a CAT scan, the x-ray beam is moved in a full circle around the area of the body that is being scanned. As it moves, it continuously takes x-rays of the body, with each x-ray being taken from a slightly different angle. The technique can be used to scan everything from a single organ all the way up to the entire body.
Of course, once the images are taken, they need to be stitched together to create a 3-D image that doctors can view and understand. All of that work is done by a computer. It takes all of the images that were taken and puts them together to create a single image that clearly shows the internal structure of the patient.
X-rays are not good at capturing soft tissue like organs. Doctors get around this problem when performing a CAT scan by giving patients a contrast dye before their appointment. The dye absorbs the x-rays, making it possible to view the organs or blood vessels.
CAT scans allow doctors to see all of the different layers of the body, starting from the outside and working all the way in to the deepest organs. Because of that, this technology is one of the most powerful tools that any doctor has in their arsenal to diagnose and treat illness fast.
CAT Scans Are Invaluable Diagnostic Tool
It is invaluable for diagnostic procedures and for detecting changes inside the human body. As technology evolves, internal scanning techniques will no doubt continue to improve, as well. For now, however, CAT scans are a highly effective way for doctors to view the inside of the body.
CAT Scan Machine Available At ER Specialists Urgency Center!
ER Specialists Urgency Center has made the investment in equipment and training to have a CAT scan machine in-house. We want to diagnose and treat your illness or injury faster than any other urgent care facility in Colorado Springs. That’s why we made the decision to have a CAT Scan machine in our urgent care facility, ready to go to work for you.