Chest Computed Tomography To Detect Lung Diseases

Chest computed tomography is a non-invasive, painless medical test that creates images of the internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels thereby helping physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Using latest techniques and new software technology the amount of radiation required to perform a chest CT scan can be notably reduced. A low-dose chest computed tomography produces images of sufficient image quality to detect many lung diseases and abnormalities using up to 65 percent less ionizing radiation as compared to conventional chest CT scan. This technique is especially useful for detecting lung cancer.

Chest computed tomography can detect various lung disorders such as lung cancer, old or new pneumonia, tuberculosis, emphysema, bronchiectasis, inflammation or other diseases of the pleura, which covers the lungs.

CT of The Chest is Used to:

  • Examine abnormalities found on conventional chest x-rays
  • Help diagnose the symptoms of disease of the chest, such as cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or fever
  • Detect and evaluate the extent of tumors that arise in the chest, or tumors that have spread to the chest from other parts of the body
  • Assess whether tumors are responding to treatment
  • Help plan radiation therapy
  • Evaluate injury to the chest, including the blood vessels, lungs, ribs and spine
Chest computed tomography may be performed to evaluate the blood vessels in the chest. An iodine-containing fluid is injected into a vein while obtaining numerous, thinner CT images. This contrast material highlights areas in your chest, which helps to create clearer images. Multiple images of the lungs, called slices can be taken and displayed on the monitor or used to create three-dimensional model of organs.

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