When Should You Consider a CT Scan
A patient undergoing a CT Scan is commonly trying to identify tumors, cysts, infections, or internal trauma within the body. This diagnostic imaging test is also a great means of examining any implanted medical devices in the body such as: pacemakers or prosthetics. Anyone can receive a CT Scan, however, if you have a history with kidney failure, diabetes or diabetic conditions, high blood pressure, sickle cell anemia, myeloma, or have been taking blood thinners please let your IBJI physician know, as these outlying situations can increase the odds of adverse effects. After reporting any medical conditions to your doctor, preparation for a CT Scan is as followed: don’t eat or drink for a few hours beforehand, take off all metal objects, and let the doctor know of the possibility of a potential pregnancy. IBJI technicians will walk you through the steps to assure that the scan goes smoothly and without fail.
CT Scans at IBJI
A CT Scan is just one of the diagnostic imaging tests that the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute offers to patients at 10 different locations throughout Northern Illinois.
Other CT Scan Imaging Results
The following are examples of results that a CT Scan can provide to a doctor.
- Blood Clots
- Congenital Malformations
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Severe Injuries
Other Diagnoses that Doctors Can Conclude with CT Scan Imaging
The following are more examples of what doctors can conclude with a CT Scan:
- Biopsy guidance
- Minimally invasive tumor treatments
- Measure radiation treatment & chemotherapy