For decades, Siemens has been at the forefront of diagnostic medicine. They were the first medical manufacturer to develop a CT (Computed Axial Tomography) machine in 1974. Since that first breakthrough, Siemens has continued to improve the quality of CT machines, including the Siemens Sensation
The Siemens Sensation is a CT scan diagnostic tool that can provide great detail for doctors to understand what is happening with the health with their patients in order to diagnose disease and other ailments. This way a proper course of treatment can be developed between doctor and patient. The Siemens Sensation can provide up to 64 slices per rotation, which provides great detail on different parts of the body under scrutiny. The Siemens Sensation is the most installed 64-slice scanner in the world today.
The way the Siemens Scanner works is that the slices of the scan are taken and then compiled via computer so the physician can see cross sections of the body. A CT scanner can analyze issues with soft tissue, bone and blood vessels so a complete picture of a patient's health can be determined, as well as any course of treatment that may be required is the proper course of treatment.
A CT scan, also called a CAT scan, is a painless and relatively quick way to acquire detailed images of the body, unlike other diagnostic tools. A CT scanner works similar to an X-ray using small amounts of radiation throughout the test, however, it is considered safe and having a CT scan completed outweighs any potential concerns of radiation exposure that may occur.
Depending on the medical issue the physical is trying to identify, a contrast agent may be used through an injection as a way to better identify and isolate the particular area of the body being scanned. Just like the CT scan itself, the injected contrast is often considered harmless. However, if the patient has any concerns about using contrast dye, or the CT process itself, they should discuss the test and their concerns with their physician prior to the test. As the test is being explained by the technician on the test day and any questions arise, ask the technician for further explanation prior to the test.