CT (Computed Tomography)

CT machine at Pella Regional

Computed Tomography (CT) is a safe and reliable examination method. It is fast, simple and painless. In Fall 2012, Pella Regional installed a state-of-the-art SOMATOM Definition AS CT scanner. This CT scanner offers the lowest possible radiation dose, and automatically adjusts radiation dose to sensitive areas of the patient's body providing less radiation during a test. Plus, the “real time” visual of the scan allows the images to get to the radiologist in a timely manner for interpretation.

CT works with an X-ray system that rotates around the patient, taking cross section images of the body. CT builds up images of different body structures by scanning in a series of slices that form a complete picture. The CT allows for the inside of the patient's body to be dependably and precisely portrayed. In addition to calcium scoring and CT angiography, areas that can be examined by CT include:

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