The Computed Tomography (CT) unit provides images of selected levels of the body in great detail. The scans are produced by having the source of the x-ray beam encircle the patient. Sensors detect X-rays passing through the body. Information from these sensors are computer-processed and displayed as an image on a video screen. Any body part can be scanned, slices as thin as 1 millimeter can be obtained, making high resolution chest and temporal bone imaging possible. Film copies can then be made for further study.
The CT unit also provides various services which include:
- core biopsy and fine needle aspiration
- fluid and abcess drainage
- nephrostomy tube placement
Patient comfort is of utmost importance when performing these state of the art procedures. Done by only the most qualified and competent staff. Staff technologists are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week to those in need.
What Is CT Scanning All About?
CT scanning, sometimes called CAT scanning, is a non-invasive, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. During the scan, special X-ray equipment produces multiple images of the inside of the body. A computer is used to join them together and create cross-sectional views of the area being studied. Scans of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity than conventional X-ray exams.
Using specialized equipment and expertise to create and interpret CT scans, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and other medical disorders.
What Does the Equipment Look Like?
The CT scanner typically is a large machine with a hole or tunnel in the center. You will lie on a table which slides in and out of the open hole. The X-ray tube and electronic X-ray detectors rotate around you. They are opposite each other in a ring called a "gantry." The computer workstation that processes the imaging information is located in a separate room.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 410-550-2948.
Computed Tomography (CT) Faculty and Staff
Mark E. Bohlman, M.D.
Kelly Hooker, R.T.
Patrick Tyler, R.T.