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A CT or CAT scan, a Computerized Tomography Scan, is a more advanced, detailed and accurate diagnostic imaging procedure than a simple X-ray test. CT scan combines the X-ray images taken from different angles around the patient’s body and produces cross-sectional images or slices of various body parts. Muscles, blood vessels, soft tissues, bones, fat, etc., can be viewed in a detailed manner in the CT scan.
Why is a CT scan performed?
Widely used in the ER, CT scans can quickly examine patients suffering from traumatic injuries such as car accidents and gunshot wounds for internal injuries and fractures. This CT scan is pivotal to take the next big step in stabilising the trauma patient as soon as possible within the golden hour. CT scan is commonly used to visualise almost all body parts which help diagnose a particular disease or injury. CT scan also paves the path for planning any medical, surgical or radiation treatment. Book an appointment to have the best treatment.
Your doctor likely suggests a CT scan in the following situations:
To detect any internal bleeding and internal injuries during traumatic injuries in the ER
To accurately point out the tumour, infection, blood clot, or any other medical abnormalities in the patient’s body
To diagnose muscle and bone disorders, bone tumours, fractures and more
To guide specialists in procedures such as surgeries, fluid or tissue biopsies, radiation therapy, etc
To monitor the effectiveness and success rate of treatments such as cancer treatments and to detect-monitor other conditions such as heart disorders, lung nodules, liver masses, etc.
CT scan technology has come so far and is advancing each year. Notable Advances and technological progress in CT scans are High-Resolution CT, Spiral CT, Ultrafast CT, Computed Tomographic Angiography (CTA), and a combination of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) And CT.
CT in the ER
Everything seems fine until it is examined inside the patient’s body. This is common in traumatic injuries where patients suffer great pain with no visible wounds outside. Since the CT scan is more detailed, painless and quick, it can be seen as the widely opted diagnostic imaging test in the ER. CT scan also provides great attention to the golden hour, as once the CT scan is performed, it's time to take the right course of intervention based on the CT scan results. Visit our emergency care hospital in Mysore for the best treatment.
The top cases and situations where CT scan is widely used in the ER are as follows:
To detect any internal injuries and internal bleeding in case of patients suffering from traumatic injuries like severe head injuries, strokes, stabbing wounds, etc
To detect any blood clots on showing symptoms like a severe headache which can lead to brain stroke disease
In the case of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA), a CT scan is performed to detect any ruptures causing intense and chronic abdominal pain, as patients with ruptured AAA have an extremely low mortality rate
Also, in situations like persistent abdominal and pelvic pain, a CT scan is immediately performed to detect any life-threatening crises like appendicitis, kidney stones, injuries to the liver, spleen, kidneys and more
To detect and diagnose any vascular diseases, such as blood clots in the lungs and heart, that might cause heart attacks if left untreated. CT scan also detects any excess fluid in internal organs
CT scan procedure
Patients are advised to wear a hospital gown, take off any metal objects, and not to eat or drink before the scan
To improve the results of CT scans, a special dye called contrast material is used to emphasise blood vessels and other body parts.
The patient is made to lie on a narrow, motorised table or bed that moves to and from the tunnel opening.
A specialist might ask you to hold your breath at certain points to prevent the images from blurring.
CT is quick and easy, and one can return to their routine following the scan.