Why would a CT scan be recommended?
As an imaging technique which can give medical professionals eyes on the inside of the body, CT scans have a variety of different uses, particularly when it comes to evaluating injuries and diagnosing diseases.
A CT scan may be recommended to:
- Check for muscle disorders
- Evaluate bone fractures and joint problems
- Diagnose infections in the body
- Diagnose conditions such as liver problems, emphysema, cancer or heart disease
- Locate tumours or abnormal masses (growths), blood clots and build-up of fluid in the body
- Assess internal structures and blood vessels, as well as internal injury and bleeding
A CT scan is also useful for:
- Monitoring the effectiveness of specific treatments which may otherwise be complex to assess (such as those for heart disease, emphysema and cancer).
- Use as a visual guide for biopsy, radiation therapy or surgical procedures