CT Scan State-of-the-Art Imaging for Orthopedic Diagnoses
A CT scan, is an advanced X-ray examination that providers often use to determine the cause of an injury or illness. For many orthopedic issues, a successful treatment comes from getting a quick and accurate diagnosis. EmergeOrtho uses state-of-the-art imaging tools, such as a CT scan, to get a timely, precise look at an injury or condition. CT acquires cross-sectional and three-dimensional images that show the size, shape, and position of structures inside the body such as organs, muscles, and bones. CT scans are fast, noninvasive, and provide quick results.
CT Scans and Orthopedics
CT scans provide a more detailed look at bones, soft tissues, muscles, fat, blood vessels, and joints. When a patient has orthopedic pain or an injury, our doctors may order a scan to check for damage, fractures, or other abnormalities. When a physical exam or standard X-rays are not conclusive of damage or fracture, a doctor may order a CT to confirm the accuracy of a diagnosis.
The Process of a CT Scan
Our CT scans are conducted as an outpatient procedure. Prior to the scan, a doctor may provide a personalized list of instructions to help the patient get prepared. Here is what to expect when you get a CT scan:
- Patient removes all metal from the body including glasses, belts, accessories, and hearing aids.
- For most procedures, a patient wears a hospital gown.
- The patient lies on their back on the table, which moves through the center of the machine that looks like a large donut.
- The patient moves through the scanner either head first or feet first, depending on the part of the body being scanned.
- The patient must remain motionless for the length of the study.
- The machine is quiet; the patient hears a quiet whirring sound throughout the test.
- The Technologist is in the next room and can see the patient through a large window.
- The patient and Technologist can talk to each other if necessary.
The entire procedure, including set-up, scanning and checking the pictures, takes 30 minutes or less. To assure our patient’s comfort, our experienced Technologists will fully explain how the scanning process works and answer any patient questions prior to the scan.
CT Scan Results
The Technologist will complete the scan and then send it over to our Radiologist for reading. Additionally, EmergeOrtho providers are highly-trained in image interpretation for the diagnosis and treatment of various orthopedic conditions.