CT ScanWhat is a CT Scan?

A CT scan stands for a computed tomography, which scans the abdominal and pelvis and provides diagnostic image testing that will help detect diseases in the lungs, abdominal cavity, and other areas of the body. CT Scans are generally used to determine the cause of unexplained causes of pain.

Are CT Scans Safe?

CT Scans expose you, very briefly, to a very small amount of ionizing radiation. The tiny amount of radiation that you are exposed to is so small that the increased risks of cancer cannot even be reliably measured.

When Are CT Scans Done?

CT Scans are often done after the body sustains traumas, such as that from a car wreck, work accident, or other traumatic event like a sports injury. They are also done in order to diagnose or help define a suspected diagnosis of lung cancer. They can help reveal the small lesions that may be present on lungs that are not visible during an x-ray. These scans will take images of the various parts of the body, including cross-sectional images, to ascertain a reliable diagnosis. 

The results of the scans are then used to determine plans of treatments, surgeries, or radiation treatments that may need to be completed to help treat the trauma or the issue. These treatment plans are an important first step in resolving a patient’s lung health issues.

What Conditions to CT Scans Help Reveal?

CT Scans can help determine some of the following:

  • Diagnose muscle and bone issues such as tumors or fractures
  • Pinpoints various procedures that the patient may need, such as a biopsy, or if they have something more serious, like an infection or blood clot
  • Detection and monitoring of longer-term diseases such as heart diseases or cancers.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of ongoing treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy treatment.
  • Helps detect internal injuries such as bleeding or injuries and internal trauma that was done to the organs.

The providers at Pulmonary Associates of Richmond are happy to answer any questions about any testing and diagnosis for their patients. While these scans are a reliable and safe way to provide continuity of care, our physicians have many other options for diagnosis and treatment available, and are happy to discuss each one with you. To schedule an appointment at Pulmonary Associates of Richmond, contact us at (804) 320-4243.