Medical Imaging Center MLADOST is equipped with a Siemens SOMATOM go.Now Computed Tomography Scanner.
Computed tomography is a non-invasive X-ray examination in which a series of images are taken using an X-ray source that rotates around the body. The obtained images are reconstructed by a computer in the form of cross-sections of the studied area. This allows you to accurately determine the location and extent of various pathological changes – infection, tumor, fracture and more.
The method of visualization of the computer tomograph makes it indispensable in the examination of patients with implants, artificial joints and pacemakers, as well as in the diagnosis of lungs, brain and bone structures.
Modern devices are characterized by extremely efficient algorithms for the reconstruction of 3D images and extremely low levels of radiation exposure.
The diagnostic capabilities of the equipment are further expanded by the introduction of so-called contrast agents into the patient’s circulatory system. This allows the highlighting of individual tissues through their virtual staining. In this way, the details in the studied structures are observed even more clearly.
The latest generation of computed tomography , in addition to standard applications, has a so-called dual-energy mode. It is done through him
quantitative and qualitative diagnosis of kidney stones and crystalline deposits in the joints in gout.
There are no special requirements for medication and food and beverage consumption on the day of the study.
It is important to tell staff if you have allergies to foods and medicines, especially iodine-containing products.
When a contrast agent is required, a blood test for urea and creatinine should be performed before computed tomography to assess renal function.
You will be placed in a supine position on a special table of the device in a supine, abdominal or lateral position, depending on the area being examined. During the study, the mass moves slowly through a wide annular hole. From the speaker of the device you will hear pre-recorded instructions related to holding your breath and swallowing when necessary. The examination is absolutely painless.
In some cases, it is necessary to apply a contrast agent in order to better distinguish certain structures. Contrast is administered intravenously by placing a lawyer . When introducing the contrast, it is possible to feel a metallic taste and warmth, which passes after a few seconds. It is recommended that after a contrast study, you drink more fluids to release the contrast faster.
The test itself takes 2-5 minutes and the results are ready within an hour.
Computed tomography is an X-ray examination, and although the radiation dose of the new devices has been significantly reduced, it is still not recommended for pregnant women, except as a matter of urgency.
In patients with renal insufficiency and some other diseases and allergies, contrast testing is not recommended.
The results are obtained on a disk (CD), accompanied by reading by a radiologist (on paper).