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What Is a CT Scan?

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blog-0672779001366835872.jpgWe’ve all been to the doctors or the hospital before right? Whether it be for broken bones, diseases, blood test, etc. Either way we’ve encountered X-Rays, MRI’s (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or CT Scans (Computed Tomography Scans) because they need to check inside our bodies to see what’s going on. What we know is that X-Rays are used to check for any abnormalities that could go from broken bones to decently sized masses that could be harmful. X-Rays are focused and shot at the certain part of the body. Things like bones or solid masses usually stand out but the reason you wear a lead apron is to protect the rest of your body from serious x-ray damage. And MRI’s are kind of self explanatory in its name, it magnetizes the atomic nuclei in the body, scans them, and creates a 2D or 3D image of the scanned area. But the one thing a lot of people don’t know about is what CT scans are for.

CT Scans or Computed Tomography Scans are like the fancier brother of X-Rays. CT Scans are X-Rays that are 2D images taken from all around to create 3D structures of the body for examination. CT Scans are defined as a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed X-Rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific areas of the body. What they have to do most of the time for CAT (Computed Axial Tomographic) scans is inject you or have you ingest a dye so that they highlight certain spots in the body to see how they are working at the moment. Injects are usually in the arm or any joint area. CT Scans are also are good to use for examination of a sarcophagus or dead bodies to find out what exactly happened.

From more details or for visual help go to the links below:

THE PROCEDURE

WHAT THE MACHINE LOOKS LIKE


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Pretty amazing what medical science can do and how far it has come in recent years... I wonder what'll be next?

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