As kids we were all scared of tests and more than the tests, the results that would come from the tests is what would scare us more. As adults, not much has changed, back then we would be scared of academic tests and now we are scared of health tests and results. But there was never a reason to be scared then and there is no reason to be scared now too. When it comes to health, there are a variety of tests and scans that one might have to go through to ascertain the state of their health or to just detect any illness or disorders.
Blood tests, X-ray, MRI, and scans are some of the most basic health check-up tests that everyone would’ve heard of or undergone at some point in time. CT scan is one of the most common tests that you would’ve heard of. In this article, we will talk about CT scans and everything you need to know about it before you meet CT scan specialists in Jayanagar or any of our other two centers. Read on to know everything about CT scan.
What is a CT scan?
A CT scan is also known as a CAT scan or a Computerized Tomography scan. It uses the technology of x-ray coupled with a computer to create digital images of one’s body. How is it different than regular x-ray images you ask? Well, these images are much more detailed than regular x-ray as they can show bones, soft tissue, and blood vessel in the body. Listed below are some parts of the body that is diagnosed using a CT scan:
What is the procedure during the CT scan?
During the CT scan, you will be asked to lie inside a tunnel like a machine that rotates on the inside while taking pictures of your body from various angles. These images are sent to a computer where a cross section image, image slice, and 3D images of the body is created as required. A CT scan can detect a lot of things including internal bleeding, infections, tumors, fractures and more. It is also used to aid surgeries and other medical procedures.
Are there any side effects to the scan?
There are no significant side effects to the scan.
Though there is some radiation exposure during the CT scan, at PRIMA we use the latest technology which minimizes the radiation dose to levels that have no harmful effects on your body. The only exception is during pregnancy, where even small amounts of radiation may be harmful to the baby, CT is therefore never to be done during pregnancy.
The other way a CT scan might affect someone is if they are allergic to contrast material such as iodine. It is very important to inform the doctor if you are allergic to iodine.
We have CT scan service in all our Prima Diagnostic centers in Bangalore at Jayanagar, Whitefield, and Yelahanka. All our services are efficient and priced reasonably.