This is a new and advanced technology that allows for an improved and more accurate visualization of injuries in your limbs. In a weight-bearing CT scan, the patient is either in a standing position or placing some body weight on the part of the body that is being scanned. The weight used here therefore refers to your own body weight. This scan is used for the extremities of the body, such as the hand, arm, ankle and leg. It is also different from a traditional CT scan, where the patient is most often lying down on the bed when being examined.
As a CT scan, the 3D X-rays generated can offer our radiologists a better view of injuries to your arms, legs, hands and feet than a traditional 2D X-ray. For many patients, the pain they experience often happens when weight is exerted on the area in question. With a weight-bearing CT, the radiologist is able to see the scan when pain is experienced, therefore allowing him to better visualise the nature and scope of your injury. With the mechanisms above, this form of CT Scan helps support a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
Lifescan Imaging is one of the first private imaging centres in Singapore that offers this advanced technology, with the CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System.
This technology requires only partial rotation around the patient during a scan and takes a single image of the part of body in interest in a short duration of 25 seconds. This differs from a traditional CT scan, which requires multiple rotations around the patient to create an image of a part of the body. By scanning only the specific part of the body, the patient’s body is also exposed to less X-ray radiation than a conventional CT scan.
The design of the equipment also helps claustrophobic patients avoid being confined to small spaces, therefore elevating the patient’s comfort and experience during the imaging process.