The head is a vital part of the human body that should always be protected. However, we can experience injuries and medical conditions that are beyond our control. Computed tomography (CT) is a special type of X-Ray scan that helps us assess head injuries and other abnormalities. At Midstate Radiology, we use this procedure to evaluate a variety of potentially life-threatening head disorders.
What Is CT Scanning?
Computed tomography is a medical test that produces internal images of the body. CT scans generate pictures of organs, bones and soft tissues in greater detail than traditional X-Rays. If you have a head injury or brain disease, this exam is an instrumental part of identifying the issue. Earlier detection of certain conditions can increase a patient’s chance of recovery.
Who Should Have This Procedure?
CT scanning can detect many abnormalities, some minor and some potentially fatal. If you were hit on the head or have unexplained symptoms, computed tomography can reveal:
- Brain bleeds
- Brain tumors
- Enlarged brain cavities
CT scans can also identify skull malformations, bone and tissue damage from facial trauma and help plan radiation therapy for brain cancer.
What You Can Expect
In the hours before your CT scan, you may be advised not to eat or drink anything, but you should ask about dietary restrictions prior to the appointment. You should also let the technologist know about pregnancy, allergies or serious medical disorders before the scan.
On exam day, wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes, remove metal objects from your body and let your doctor know of any medications you are taking.
The procedure is similar to an X-Ray or magnetic resonance imaging – the patient lies on an exam table and slides into a short tunnel, where a rotating scanner obtains the images. In addition to staying still, you may also be asked to hold your breath during each scan, as even the subtlest movements could interfere with the results.
Does computed tomography of the head sound like the right procedure for you? Contact us to make an appointment today!