Computed Tomgraphy – What Is It?
Computed Tomography (CT), more commonly known as a CAT scan, is a form of medical diagnostic imaging that acquires detailed graphical images of the internal organs and parts of the body.
Joining separate images into one 3-D of graphical cross-section, CT scans show both body tissue and internal body organs, aiding the location of suspected cancer growth.
Computed Tomography is so detailed that it can show, and distinguish between, bone tissue, soft tissue, internal organs, muscles and tumours, empowering physicians with a unique tool to diagnose medical conditions and aid their treatment.
Using X-rays beams that pass through the body to measure how different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation, CT scans build an anatomical picture of an area of the body under investigation.
Computed Tomography is used in various medical situations where highly specific information is required to diagnose a medical condition, such as the size, density and location of a tumour or malformation.
Computed Tomography is commonly used in cancer diagnosis and treatment, where it is of great benefit in confirming the existence of a tumour, determining its size and location, and addressing the question of whether the cancer has spread.
Computed Tomography as a diagnostic imaging tool has huge potential due to its ability to provide painless, quick and detailed internal images of the body as well as being the only method that provides detailed images of bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels—allowing doctors to detect life-threatening conditions.