Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning

CAT Scans in Central Utah

CT Scanning is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to get a detailed look at the body’s soft tissue. Before CT Scanning, doctors would have to cut patients open to view the body’s insides and look for abnormalities. This noninvasive test significantly reduces the risk and cost of diagnostic testing for patients. CT Scans are most often used when there are indications of abnormalities on standard X-rays, or when a patient is brought to the emergency room and needs a quick but comprehensive imaging test.

What is a CT Scan?

IN a CT Scan, also known as computerized tomography, X-rays and computers are used to create detailed images of the body’s organs and internal structures. Image results are more clearly defined than those of standard X-rays but still utilize safe, low dosage radiation. CT Scans are noninvasive and often performed in an outpatient setting.

Your doctor may schedule a CT scan in order to diagnose:

  • Tumors
  • Cancer
  • Organ damage
  • Calcified arteries
  • Stroke
  • Back pain
  • Internal organ infections

CT Scans are similar to MRI in that both produce well-defined images of the body’s internal structures. MRI, however, uses no radiation and the results are slightly more detailed. However, MRIs also take longer and the exposure to loud noise in a confined space for an extended period of time can be stressful for patients. CT Scans are less expensive and can produce results more quickly than MRI, making them the ideal choice in an emergency situation.

Call the Central Valley Medical Center imaging department at 435-623-3165 if you need more information about our CT Scanning service.