Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

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COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT SCAN)

This is an x-ray technique that uses a computer to combine a series of views taken from multiple angles to produce cross-sectional images of the structures inside the body. Unlike conventional x-rays which are limited in 2 dimensions, CT images can be reconstructed into 3 dimensions and reveal much more diagnostic information.

Depending on the clinical problem and area of interest, an intravenous injection of contrast may be required. For abdominal scans, preparation may involve ingestion of water and for some pelvic scans contrast may be introduced into the rectum as an enema.

Lifescan Imaging employs a Siemens Somatom Definition Flash scanner, which uses two x-ray tubes to perform scans at very high speed. The whole chest can be scanned in as little as 0.6 seconds and the whole heart in 0.24 seconds. Radiation doses are also lower than on older generation scanners, in some cardiac scans up to 93% less.

CT is a very versatile tool and can be used to examine a wide range of structures in the body. Compared to MRI and ultrasound, CT scans can usually be completed very quickly with the scan itself often taking only a few seconds.

Here are some ways in which CT technology is used today:

Find out how to prepare for a Cardiac CT Scan

Incorporated in 2005, Singapore Medical Group (SMG) is a private specialist and primary healthcare provider with a network of more than 20 medical specialties. The Group is committed to its promise of providing patient centred medical care and experience to every individual. SMG has 35 clinics and a growing network of SMG Associates all across the island.