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X-ray Tomography: Unveiling the Hidden Dimensions of Imaging

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Do you need to visualize your internal organs and tissues? Fortunately, modern medicine gives patients such an opportunity. All you need to do for this is to use X-ray tomography. It is one of the most powerful and safe tools in disease diagnosis.

This method is based on the use of X-rays. They penetrate the patient’s body and tissues absorb them of different densities. By combining the received data with computer processing, X-ray tomography creates images of organs and tissues. It allows doctors to get total information about the patient’s health.

In light of the continuous development of medical technologies, computed tomography (CT) is becoming an integral element in the diagnostic process. Implementing this method allows medical specialists to detect and accurately localize pathologies timely. It increases the chances of successful treatment and recovery of patients.

Understanding X-ray Computed Tomography (CT)

It is a fairly recent and very useful method of medical diagnosis. You can examine bones, internal organs, blood vessels, and tissues using this research technique.

The circle-shaped computed tomography scanner is a sizable apparatus. Throughout the examination, the patient is lying on a table that moves inside the tomograph. The X-ray tube rotates around the body while the table is in motion. The computer processes the images, and as a result, you get accurate three-dimensional layer-by-layer images. During the examination, the patient should lie still. The patient should breathe calmly to get clear, non-blurred images.

Generally, people should get CT scan images for the following reasons:

  • various injuries;
  • fractures, blows;
  • diseases of the spine, joints, and bones;
  • diagnosis of neurological disorders;
  • respiratory diseases;
  • checking the state of blood vessels and blood flow, etc.

X-ray computed tomography is entirely painless. Moreover, it does not cause claustrophobia in the patient. The scanning process takes less than one minute. If the examination is for using contrast enhancement, the scan does it several times. After the procedure, the doctor studies the obtained images on the computer screen. And after that, they write a conclusion.

Advantages of X-ray CT

Advantages of X-ray Computed Tomography

Medical imaging plays a crucial role in modern medicine. It allows doctors to look inside the body without invasive procedures. And one such popular method is X-ray tomography.

There are two main types of CT scanners: conventional and helical. Traditional CT scanners take multiple images of the body from different angles. And spiral CT scanners take continuous CT scan images as the patient moves through the scanner. Helical CT scans work faster than conventional CT scans. In any case, both of these approaches have their advantages. This way of studying the human body is fundamental in medicine. It would be much more difficult to cope with human diseases without it. For this reason, doctors value CT very highly and give it many advantages. Do you want to know which ones? Read on:

1. Diagnostic insight

CT provides unsurpassed diagnostic capacity and penetration. CT imaging systems work based on tomographic slices. They produce high-resolution images of organs and tissues. This technology lets doctors get a clear view of internal structures from all angles. Thanks to this, they can detect pathologies such as cancer, bleeding, infections, etc.

2. Ease of use

It is a relatively simple method of diagnosis. It includes a level of preparation for use and selection throughout the study. The size of the equipment has also become smaller. It allows it to be in hospitals with minimal floor space requirements.

3. Surgical planning

Another significant advantage of X-ray computed tomography is its use for complex surgical planning. Before conducting complex operations, doctors often refer to CT data. They provide precise localization of pathology and anatomical details. It allows surgeons to confidently choose the most optimal approach to surgery and reduce the risk of complications.

4. Scanning speed

X-ray offers a quick scan. It allows you to get an image in a short period of time. It is especially important for critically ill patients. Or it is helpful when urgent diagnostic procedures are necessary.

5. Management of radiotherapy

It plays a critical role in cancer radiotherapy. Doctors can accurately determine the size of brain tumors and precisely plan radiosurgery procedures. It allows you to reduce damage to healthy tissues.

6. Prevention

Computed tomography (CT) is also helpful in preventive studies. It helps to detect conditions in the early stages when symptoms are not yet apparent. It provides an opportunity to start treatment from the early stages. Or if you’re treating something, CT can give you results on its effectiveness. After examining one’s organs, you will know whether the illness is progressing or, on the contrary, not.

Exploring CT in medical imaging

Exploring Computed Tomography (CT) in Medical Imaging

Thanks to the most modern medical imaging technologies, computed tomography is trendy to us. Can you imagine exactly how CT gives you such accuracy in diagnosis? The answer: in its cross-sectional CT scan images that reveal the secrets of your body.

The CT generates a horizontal beam of X-rays, rotating around the patient. The built-in detector registers the rays after passing through the body. And then it becomes a reality. A unique program creates high-resolution images. It is as if you are viewing your inner body in existence. This effect occurs thanks to high-quality visualization.

In general, X-ray tomography is an essential method of medical imaging. It is beneficial not only in diagnosing the condition of internal organs and tissues. It is also helpful in studying some biological systems of the body. CT can also be used in educational medicine and space medicine. That is why it is a very valuable tool in treatment.

Applications of CT in Medical Imaging

You already know that CT can help in the diagnosis of various diseases. But it can also be instrumental in many fields of medical imaging. Let’s take a closer look:

Thanks to the high resolution of CT, it is possible to detect the presence of cancerous tumors. The essential advantage of CT is obtaining 3D images of organs and tissues. It makes detecting cancer of the stomach, lungs, liver, and other organs possible.

  • CT in the study of bones and joints

It also allows for studying the structure and function of bones and joints. CT can be used to evaluate injuries to bones and joints. These can be ligament tears, fractures, and osteoporosis.

  • CT imaging of the cardiovascular system

The use of X-ray computed tomography in medical imaging can also be helpful in the study of the cardiovascular system. It can be for obtaining extra information about the heart and blood vessels. CT can also help detect arrhythmias and other heart problems.

 

Conclusion

X-ray CT is fast, highly accurate, and versatile. It makes it an ideal choice for diagnosing and monitoring various ailments. And its safety adds even more value to this method. Very often, such an approach to disease detection is prescribed by neurologists. After all, it helps to identify problems in the central nervous system.

Do you suspect similar problems with your health? Lone Star Neurologists are here to help you. Our specialists are professionals in their field. So, they know what you need to overcome disorders. So, contact us to treat your illnesses and be healthy.

FAQ

  • What is the difference between X-ray tomography and traditional X-rays?

X-ray tomography and traditional X-rays differ in their imaging capabilities. X-rays produce 2-dimensional images. They provide a basic overview of the body’s internal structures. But, X-ray tomography takes imaging to offer 3-dimensional views. It includes organs, soft tissues, and blood vessels. 

  • Are CT scans safe?

Yes, CT scans are safe. But it is crucial to use them judiciously and follow recommended guidelines. It is to cut radiation exposure.

  • How long does a CT scan take?

Generally, a CT scan takes about 10 to 20 minutes. It is to ensure a fast and effective diagnostic process. The duration of it can vary based on some factors. It involves the complexity of the examination. Also, it includes the specific body part being scanned.

  • Can I undergo a CT scan if I have metal implants?

In many cases, you can undergo a CT scan even if you have metal implants. But it’s essential to inform your healthcare provider about any metal implants. Because some may interfere with the imaging quality or cause artifacts on the scan. 

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Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
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22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
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16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
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Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
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16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
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16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
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16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
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21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
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17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
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16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
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03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
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01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
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03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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