Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT Scan)
CT Scan (sometimes called CAT Scan) is a method of using computerized X-Rays to obtain cross-sectional images of the body. These cross-sectional images allow for better detail and more precise localization of disease processes in the body.
While CT Scans may be performed on any area of the body, the most common scans include the head, abdomen, chest and sinuses. Most CT Scans require some patient preparation, so be sure to ask you Physician about this when your exam is scheduled.
State of the art CT Imaging can only be performed with high speed helical CAT Scanners of which Northwest Medical Center presently has two. Utilizing these powerful machines, examinations can be tailored specifically to address each patient’s individual needs. This allows quicker more accurate diagnosis obtained in a less costly, less invasive fashion.
Some of the other benefits of faster scanning include:
- Faster scan times for trauma, ICU, pediatric, geriatric and claustrophobic patients
- Decreased sedation for pediatric exams
- Reduced backlog
- Ability to accept add-on exams easier.
A new LightSpeed Computed Axial Tomography (CT) Scanner has brought medical imaging to an even higher level.
Northwest Medical Center has installed state-of the-art, bone densitometry equipment for measuring bone density. The Bone Density scanner is located in the CT suite of the Radiology Department. Our staff has been specially trained to perform this procedure, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Bone densitometry can measure changes in bone density and the effect of therapy on bone density, as well as provide physicians and their patients with an accurate picture of the risk of future fracture. In addition, bone density measurement is an invaluable aid in diagnosing and managing osteoporosis.
Northwest Medical Center department of Diagnostic Imaging consists of a team of Physicians, Nurses and Technologists who are expert at performing procedures using imaging guidance. These procedures can help provide a diagnosis to aid your attending Physician.
Some of the procedures performed by this service include tissue and tumor biopsy, needle aspiration of fluid collections, catheter drainage of fluid, cyst puncture and analysis. But, whatever the specific intent, all Interventional procedures involve manipulating tissues with the guidance of simultaneous imaging.
Types of Interventions
A tissue biopsy is performed to identify the type of tissue or fluid comprising your lesion. During imaging, small needles are guided to the lesion. Then a small amount of tissue or fluid is extracted for examination under the microscope. More than one needle pass is made to assure the removal of sufficient material at the designated sites.
Using imaging guidance, a small catheter is placed through the skin and into the fluid collection to provide drainage to an outside container.
If your physician requested you to bring your films to your next office visit, please mention this to the radiology office staff when you check in, and your films will be ready for you shortly after your exam.
If anytime after your exam you need to borrow your films, please call the Diagnostic Imaging Department at (954)978-4186.
If you think you may be pregnant, please inform you physician or the technologist before your exam.
If you have a known contrast allergy, please contact your physician or the imaging location where you are having your exam as soon as possible.