Computed tomography (CT) is an imaging procedure used to help see certain structures in the body. During a CT scan, a patient lies flat on a bed that slowly slides through the opening of a donut-shaped structure called a gantry. X-ray beams from inside the gantry are aimed at the patient and then rotated around the patient’s body. Signals transmitted by the x-ray beams are sent to a computer where the information can be transformed into visual “slices” of the inside of the body.
While traditional x-ray machines have their role, we find that CT scanners are particularly helpful at Indiana Spine Center because they can produce high quality, highly detailed, 3-dimensional images. This makes it easier for our staff to diagnose and ultimately treat various disorders of the spine. Also, because they are digital, CT scans can be viewed and shared quickly with important members of the medical team.
At Indiana Spine Center, we use CT scanners to help examine and diagnose several spine conditions, including bone fractures, stenosis, metastatic tumors, spinal cord defects, degenerative joint disease, and scoliosis. CT scans are also useful for visualizing disorders within other areas of the body, including the heart, lungs, and brain. They can also be helpful for visualizing the placement of special hardware used in certain surgical procedures, such as a cervical or lumbar fusion.
Any imaging procedure that uses x-ray technology has the potential to induce changes in the human body, such as allergic reactions or an increased risk of cancer. This is because x-ray beams produce radiation, which is known to be potentially harmful to human health. Conventional x-ray machines expose patients to an extremely small amount of radiation. A person undergoing a CT scan is generally exposed to a larger amount of radiation, although overall exposure is still relatively small. For this reason, the staff at Indiana Spine Center utilizes CT scanner technology only when we feel that the potential benefits far outweigh the potential risks. We rely on our careful clinical decision making and are sure to discuss any potential considerations with our patients for whom we feel might benefit from a CT scan.
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