A CT or CAT (computed tomography) scan combines X-ray and computer technology
to show highly detailed, 3-D images of any part of the body, including
bones, muscles, fat, organs and blood vessels. Scans can also be performed
using a contrast solution (either swallowed or injected) to make tissues
and vessels more visible.
Hobbs Hospital utilizes advanced 64-slice CT technology that can capture
images of a beating heart in five heartbeats, an organ in one second,
and perform a whole body scan in 10 seconds. This technology results in
less radiation exposure for patients, and can be used to examine a wider
range of conditions - everything from exams of the heart, spine, lungs
and colon, to advanced techniques such as angiography, virtual colonoscopy
and radiation therapy planning.