Computed Tomography, or CT, is a non-invasive medical test used to evaluate complex anatomic structures such as lungs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. CT uses an x-ray beam that rotates 360º around the patient, capturing multiple pictures – or “slices” – with each cycle. Powerful computer algorithms can reconstruct the collected data in many useful ways including angiography and 3D reconstruction.
Your CT scan is transmitted instantly to a computer read station, interpreted within minutes by one of our Board Certified radiologists and results automatically faxed to your referring doctor same day.
CT Scanning is effective at identifying disease within the chest, heart, abdomen, head and limbs, and for detecting most cancers. In fact, a recent government study showed that heavy smokers may reduce their risk of death from lung cancer by 20% simply by having an annual CT scan. CT also assists with cancer treatment, staging and monitoring, making it one of the most powerful allies against disease.
An advancement in CT technology is the 64-slice scanner, which utilizes four times the number of detectors than conventional CT, enabling it to detect extremely small lesions that may otherwise go undetected and provides precise guidance for specific treatments. “It can scan the entire body in about 30 seconds and produce crisper images with fewer extraneous artifacts for a more complete and accurate 3-D representation than standard CT models,” says Thomas Yuschok, MD. “It is leagues above all other x-ray methods.”
RAI offers the 64-slice CT with ASiR, a specialized feature that can reduce the radiation dosage for many patients, creating yet another breakthrough in patient care. It is proof you can get more, with less – and what’s not to love about that?
RAI offers CT at six locations: St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Town Certer, Twin Lakes, Port Orange, and Deltona. For more information, call 386-274-6000.