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Diagnostic Imaging: CT Scan

What is a computed tomography or CT scan and what should we expect from this examination?

Computed tomography is an imaging diagnostic technique that allows examination of any part of the body. Through this method, numerous pathologies can be diagnosed/studied, and previously it could be identified simply by the term CT scan. Within our healthcare facility, MiniHospital “Sandro Pertini,” this examination can be conducted safely, but what does it entail exactly?

It is a radiological examination that collects data from the passage of X-ray beams in order to recreate three-dimensional images of different types of tissues. Nowadays, there are multi-layer machines capable of acquiring three-dimensional images using spiral techniques. Computed tomography is performed using the radiogenic tube that rotates around the patient positioned on the examination table. The tube emits X-rays and moves horizontally over the lying patient. This type of examination is used in different medical fields, including:

  • Neurology
  • Traumatology
  • Oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Cardiology.

It may be necessary to inject a substance identified as “contrast medium” into the vein to improve the images.

This type of examination varies depending on the area to be examined, but generally lasts between 10 and 20 minutes. Specifically, it is an examination that is not painful at all and involves the use of X-rays. As mentioned earlier, computed tomography can be used to:

  • Diagnose possible bone damage, blood circulation problems, cancer, internal organ issues, or strokes.
  • Monitor a person’s health conditions, thus also assessing whether the treatments they are undergoing to address any problems are effective or not.
  • Gather useful information for any further investigations.

Of course, it is advisable not to overexpose oneself to radiation and to undergo this type of examination only if necessary. The equipment used at MiniHospital “Sandro Pertini” is reliable and state-of-the-art for conducting these examinations safely. Furthermore, the continuous training of our doctors and staff ensures high quality. Computed tomography is an examination that allows you to return to your daily routines quickly. In fact, there is no need to be accompanied as this examination does not affect your ability to use any means of transportation.

As previously mentioned, the diagnostic imaging department at MiniHospital “Sandro Pertini” is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and machinery. These tools can perform particularly accurate instrumental investigations and potentially guide therapeutic interventions, ensuring reliability, accuracy, and speed in responses. Indeed, at our facility, it is possible to undergo the following diagnostic imaging tests:

  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray
  • Digital mammography
  • CT scan
  • Orthopantomography
  • MRI.

MiniHospital “Sandro Pertini” is capable of offering its patients a wide range of services while guaranteeing high-quality standards and extremely fast execution times. The instruments we use are state-of-the-art, and the operating rooms are designed and equipped according to the latest standards in terms of quality, functionality, and reliability. Additionally, there is also a dedicated rehabilitation area equipped with a gym and a swimming pool. All these features make MiniHospital “Sandro Pertini” a center of excellence for the health and well-being of its patients.

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