Computerized Tomography (CT) imaging provides the physician with a way to look inside the body by taking multiple cross-sectional images, like the slices of a loaf of bread. The images are produced by projecting small amounts of x-rays through part of the body being examined and converting the information into images by using a special computer. For some CT scans, the technologist injects a contrast medium or dye to highlight certain tissues for closer examination. The more slices a CT camera takes, the more detail can be seen in the images. The 40-slice CT scanner at Northern California PET Imaging Center offers our patients the latest technology.
A CT scan is beneficial because of the detailed results it can produce in several types of tissues such as lung, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels. As a result of the specialized equipment used and the exquisite anatomical detail, it is easier for radiologists to diagnose problems like cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
In oncology, CT is used to detect abnormal masses which might be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). CT scans can show the size and shape of a tumor, its precise location in the body and whether it is solid or hollow. Although a CT scan is sometimes able to tell the difference between a benign or malignant tumor, the final diagnosis is made by a biopsy or another test.
Northern California PET Imaging Center’s Midtown Sacramento location offers a wide variety of diagnostic CT services. Our specialized physicians are available for consultation to determine whether CT imaging with contrast is required.