COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)
Computed tomography (CT) an imaging method that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the body. Certain exams require a special dye (contrast) be given through an intravenous line (IV) in your hand or forearm. The contrast helps the radiologist see certain areas more clearly. Once the patient is inside the scanner, the machine’s x-ray beam rotates around the patient. Small detectors inside the scanner measure the amount of x-rays that make it through the part of the body being studied. A computer takes this information and uses it to create several individual images, called slices. These images can be stored, viewed on a monitor, or saved to a CD. Three-dimensional models of organs can be created by stacking the individual slices together. Generally, complete scans take only a few minutes.
The CT provides advanced applications, early visualization of disease, and faster image gathering capabilities. This allows physicians to obtain incredibly small details in a matter of seconds without compromises in resolution, scan time, or image quality, all of which are key for cardiac, vascular, and neurological.
Patients can have their exams scheduled at three convenient locations; HMH Diagnostic Imaging Center, Bardstown Diagnostic Center and Brandenburg Diagnostic Center, to schedule an appointment please call (270) 706-5444.