Computed Tomography (CT) scans are an imaging method of the body. It uses X-rays and has a better display of solid molecules than X-ray radiography. It can detect lesions, injuries or abnormalities inside the organs in places where it is simply impossible to be detected by plain X-rays.
The large amount of X-rays limits its use, as for young children and pregnant women, the staff of the unit must be notified in time. Intravenous administration of contrast media (iodized contrast medium) may cause a rather rare allergic reaction. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to report any history of allergies from a previous test and to be informed about the anti-allergy protocol. Also, patients over the age of 70 should have a recent biochemical examination of urea and creatinine. Patients receiving diabetes-related medication (eg. glucophage) should also inform staff when planning the test to receive special instructions for taking the medication on the day of the test.
Examples of Computed Tomography (CT) scans:
- Brain and visceral Cranium
- Thoracic aorta angiography
- Abdominal aorta angiography
- Cerebral Angiography
Carotid and Spinal Artery Angiography