Computed tomography (or CT) scans, sometimes called computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans, combine the power of X-rays and computers to give doctors a view of a patient’s internal anatomy without surgery. These scans reveal bone and soft tissues, including organs, muscles and tumors. CT greatly helps doctors with diagnosis, surgery and treatment.
At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, our Lightspeed® 64-slice VCT scanner is an example of advanced CT technology. The 64-slice captures a precise image of the brain instantaneously, the heart in just five heartbeats, and the full body in 10 seconds. The 64-slice can also scan for stroke symptoms in less than a second.
The major benefit of multi-slice CT is the increased speed of volume coverage. This allows large volumes to be scanned at the optimal time following intravenous contrast administration. CT angiography techniques have been enhanced using the 64-slice VCT.