Computerized Tomography (CT)

A CT scan (sometimes called a CAT Scan for Computer Assisted Tomography) is an x-ray procedure which is enhanced by a computer to create a three-dimensional view of a particular part of the body. CT scans were originally developed for diagnosing disorders of the brain, but are now used to image tissues throughout the entire body. With the clarity and detail provided by a CT scan, patients can potentially avoid exploratory surgery.

A CT scan provides cross-sectional x-rays or “slices” of the body which the computer assembles to provide a more detailed visualization of the internal organs and soft tissues. Because a CT scan uses an ultra-thin, low dose X-ray beam, radiation exposure is minimized. Sitron-Hammel’s CT scanners perform multi-slice spiral scans — the newest and fastest scanning technology available. As a result, your exam is considerably faster than conventional CT systems, usually taking only 10 to 15 minutes.