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A Musculoskeletal CT focuses on your extremities and spine and is used to help diagnose the cause of pains or symptoms.
Whether to evaluate fractures, joint and extremity pain or neck and back pain, you can count on the most advanced CT imaging equipment and a team of experienced Radiologists to provide a complete diagnosis of the injury or pathology or both quickly and painlessly, so your physician can prescribe the most effective treatment plan for you.
If this is your first CT, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. This test is relatively quick and painless. During a Musculoskeletal CT, you will lie on the padded scanner table. You will be asked to hold very still as the table moves through the CT scanner, capturing images. You may hear a humming sound from inside the machine. A contrast agent may be given to you intravenously for the exam. The Technologist will be in the adjacent room operating the scanner, but will be able to hear and communicate with you throughout the exam. The entire test takes just a few minutes.
Like Traditional X-rays, a CT scan produces multiple images of the inside of your body. However, unlike Traditional X-rays, the images generated during a CT scan are cross-sectional and can be reformatted in multiple planes and turned into a three-dimensional image. CT images typically provide greater detail than Traditional X-rays, particularly when looking at bones in great detail.