Computerised Tomography (CT Scan)
The institution provides high quality images by using a 128-slice CT system, which makes exam time shorter and accurate. The CT scanner, also called a CAT scanner, has become one of the most important tools to diagnose head and spine injuries, lung and liver disease, cancer, tumours, blood clots, internal bleeding and other diseases and illnesses. Under the guidance of qualified staff, radiologists and cardiologists, the 128-slice CT scan allows physicians to easily capture precise, motion-free images of the heart and coronary arteries to identify soft plaque or measure coronary blockage and detect signs of disease at its earliest stages, reducing the need for high-risk interventional procedures. Computed Tomography
Computed Tomography (CT) sees inside your body into areas that cannot be visualised by standard X-ray examinations. The results of CT allow your physician to diagnose certain diseases earlier and more precisely. And since diseases are treated more successfully when diagnosed early, CT scans can help to save lives.
CT is a radiological method which has been used since 1974 to visualise certain regions of your body slice by slice.
Today, CT technology is an indispensable tool in medicine. It is used for routine examinations of the entire body. For example, CT can assist the physician in:
- Detecting strokes, head injuries and abscesses;
- Locating fractures;
- Determining the extent of bone and soft tissue damage in trauma patients (in such cases it is especially helpful to have an imaging procedure which allows a fast first diagnosis);
- Diagnosing changes in various pathological processes.
CT scan allows true-to-detail three dimensional images of the inside of the heart and other parts of the body:
- CT Angiography (CTA): With the aid of computed tomography, physicians are now able to look into the coronary arteries without having to introduce a catheter.CTA is a much less invasive and more patient-friendly procedure – contrast material is injected into a small peripheral vein by using a small needle or catheter. This type of exam has been used to screen large numbers of individuals for arterial disease.
- Coronary Calcium Scoring: Coronary Calcium Scoring scan is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries – the vessels that supply oxygen-containing blood to the heart wall. Plaque is a build-up of fat and other substances, including calcium, which can, over time, narrow the arteries or even close off blood flow to the heart.Because calcium is a marker of coronary artery disease, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful diagnostic tool.
- Virtual Colonoscopy: CT colonography uses CT scanning to obtain an interior view of the colon (the large intestine) that is ordinarily only seen with an endoscope inserted into the rectum.The major reason for performing CT colonography is to screen for polyps and other lesions in the large intestine. Polyps are benign growths that arise from the inner lining of the intestine. Some polyps may grow and turn into cancers.