If you feel sick or like something is wrong with your body, you most likely go to see a primary care physician or, if it's bad enough, you go to an emergency room. Radiology however is a lot more specialized than the average medical experience in that there are specific reasons for specific types of scans. Sometimes doctors can refer you to a place like ours for a certain test, but we always want our patients to be informed on their own too. So here are some of the most common reasons to get a CT (computer tomography) scan, just so you're prepared in case your doctor recommends that you get one.
CT scans are used to analyze the internal structures of your body like organs, bones, and tissues. So if you have any type of trauma, tumor, or infection, it's likely that a CT could be a part of your medical needs.
1. Head trauma
A lot of traumatic injuries like car crashes, falling, etc., can result in trauma to the head. Since your skull houses your brain, the control system for the rest of your body, it's safe to say that it's pretty important to get your head checked after a trauma. CTs are great for identifying blood clots or skull fractures, so a CT scan could be super beneficial to your recovery.
Since your body is made up of bones and CT scans are great and efficient at getting quality images of bones, if you have osteoporosis, it's likely that your doctor will order a CT scan. Even in the evaluating phase of osteoporosis, since CT scans can accurately measure the density of bone, it could be beneficial in preventing further bone loss.
All this means is that CTs are great in diagnosing illnesses like pancreatitis, appendicitis, diverticulitis, etc. These all refer to the inflammation of an internal organ like the pancreas, appendix, and large intestine (respectively). Since CT scans can quickly get quality images of internal structures and organs, it makes sense that they'd be used in cases of inflamed organs.
Overall, CT scans are super versatile and can help diagnose a plethora of illnesses and diseases, so they are such an asset to the field or radiology and imaging. If Clovis Open MRI can be an asset to your imaging needs, please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist you.