Computed Tomography to Create 3-D Images of the Internal Organs

A Computed tomography is a medical imaging method that combines a series of X-ray views taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside your body. The physician not only get a glimpse of each of these slices but also gets to generate 3-D images of the internal organs and structures of the body. CT scan images provide much more information as compared to plain X-rays.

This technique helps doctors to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. With the help of injected contrast material, one can visualize the brain and can also check for blockages or other problems in your blood vessels.

Computed tomography (CT) is recommended by doctors to diagnose muscle and bone disorders, to detect and monitor diseases such as cancer or heart disease, to detect internal injuries and internal bleeding and also to guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy.

CT Scans Are Used To Study Different Parts Of The Body As Given Below:

  • Chest (thorax): To identify problems with the lungs, heart, esophagus, the major blood vessel (aorta), or the tissues in the center of the chest. Common chest problems such as infection, lung cancer, a pulmonary embolism, and an aneurysm can be identified.
  • Abdomen: To find cysts, abscesses, infection, tumors, an aneurysm and enlarged lymph nodes
  • Urinary tract: To find kidney stones, bladder stones, or blockage of the urinary tract
  • Liver: To find liver tumors and also to determine the cause of jaundice
  • Pancreas: To find a tumor in the pancreas or inflammation of the pancreas
  • Gallbladder and bile ducts: To check for blockage of the bile ducts
  • Adrenal glands: A CT scan can find tumors or enlarged adrenal glands
  • Pelvis: To look for problems of organs in the pelvis. For a woman, these include the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. For a man, the pelvic organs include the prostate gland and the seminal vesicles.
CT images are stored as electronic data files and referred during medical procedures or for further treatment.

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