CT-Computed Tomography:  An Internal View

What is Computed Tomography?
Computed tomography combines the use of X-rays with the latest computer technology.  The (CT) system that is used by this facility creates cross-sectional images (“slices”) of your body.  You simply lie still on a moving table as it inches its way through a doughnut-shaped “gantry.”  The X-ray beans spiral around your body capturing slices that a computer reconstructs into a complete image.  Because some of these slices are as thin as 0.5mm, the Aquilon and Asteion offer more detail than traditional X-ray.  As a result, CT is an ideal way to accurately view the size, shape and position of soft tissue structures such as lung, liver kidneys and other internal organs.

Who should be screened?
It is recommended that people over the age of forty consider these
screenings, especially if the individual has diabetes, pre-existing heart disease, a family history of stroke, PAD, or AAA, high blood pressure, hardening of arteries, smokes, and is more than thirty pounds over weight.

About the screening
All screening processes are short, painless, and easy. The only test
that requires any sort of preparation is the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening, which requires the patient to fast six hours prior.

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