Medical diagnostic imaging is an essential process to the treatment of any bodily ailment. In order to pinpoint the area that is causing pain, then these scans must be precisely used and targeted at specific areas.
Many people don’t know the differences between a lot of these scans. Two in particular that get the most confusion are the MRI and the CT Scan. Both of these scans play a vital role in medical diagnostic imaging and the Hollywood Diagnostics Center is proud to be able to perform both of these and many more at our complete diagnostics imaging facility.
What is a CT Scan?
A CT (computed tomography) Scan is a diagnostic test used to create detailed images of internal organs, bones and blood vessels. Through the use of X-rays at varying degrees around the body, they are able to generate cross-sectional images which can then be interpreted by a radiologist.
CT Scans are one of the best methods for discerning as to whether a patient has cancer or not. Using a contrast material, cancer will be detected by finding out whether or not a tumor is currently active. The procedure is quick and painless.
What is an MRI?
An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a procedure that is similar to a CT Scan. However, this procedure doesn’t use any form of radiation (x-rays). This device uses a powerful magnetic field that create radio frequency pulses that allow a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, small tissues and bones.
An MRI is able to perform scans for similar means to a CT Scan. However, it definitely creates a more detailed image of soft tissues and organs. Examples such as torn ligaments or herniated disks would be more effective to be scanned by an MRI. Also, with advancements in MRI technology, you are now able to be scanned in a more upright position. This allows for the body to maintain its normal state while being scanned.