Your doctor may order a CT scan to get a closer look at an abnormality detected on an X-ray or an ultrasound. Computed tomography uses low energy X-rays to generate a series of highly detailed, three-dimensional, cross-sectional images of your body. At several of our facilities across western Virginia we offer even more highly advanced, precise and sophisticated 64-slice CT technology. In most cases, CT scans take five to 15 minutes.
At Carilion Clinic, we use CT scans to provide diagnostic assistance to the following areas:
- Brain (tumors, strokes, hematoma)
- Sinuses and facial bones (sinusitis or fractures)
- Abdomen and pelvis (liver, kidneys, spleen)
- Chest (pulmonary emboli/blood clots, tumors, infection)
- Aorta (aneurysm)