When Do You Need a CT Scan?

Sometimes healthcare providers may need a more detailed look into what’s going on within your body than an X-ray can provide. When this is necessary, a CT scan is an ideal diagnostic tool. This imaging method takes a series of snapshots from many different angles so your doctor can get a more in-depth look at a part of your body. When do you need a CT scan?

Doctors Prescribe CT Scans for a Variety of Reasons

Healthcare providers often recommend this quick, painless procedure to:

  • Detect bone and joint problems like fractures and arthritis
  • Identify or monitor changes in conditions like heart disease, emphysema, or cancer
  • Uncover internal injuries and bleeding
  • Locate abnormalities like blood clots, tumors, infections, or fluid accumulations
  • Plan surgeries, biopsies, and other therapies
  • Monitor the effectiveness of treatment and record progress

Further Enhancing Imagery: CT Scans with Contrast

When you experience issues within soft tissues like organs, blood vessels, and other body structures that are more difficult to see than bones, your healthcare provider may recommend a CT scan with contrast. This type of CT scan uses special iodine or barium sulfate dye to be taken orally, by injection, or enema before the scan. These dyes block the X-rays used in the imaging process, providing contrast and showcasing soft tissues more clearly.

Your doctor may also recommend this type of CT scan alongside other diagnostic screenings such as ultrasounds, MRIs, and other medical laboratory procedures to provide a complete picture of your condition. Equipping your healthcare provider with all the necessary insight enables treatment success.

Get Your CT Scan Close to Home at Direct Imaging

If your doctor has prescribed a CT scan, avoid the long commute into Seattle, Tacoma, or Spokane. Get the diagnostic services you need at our Yakima Valley imaging center. We offer a variety of imaging services, all in one convenient location, outside the hospital setting. We strive to provide fast, affordable services to our neighbors in Yakima and surrounding areas, including Cowiche, Ellensburg, Kittitas, Naches, Selah, Sunnyside, Toppenish, and Wapato, WA. We offer multiple payment options to suit your needs.

When you need a CT scan, get the medical services you close to home at our Yakima Valley imaging center. Contact Direct Imaging at 509-902-8857 to schedule your CT scan today.

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