The number of medical advancements as of late is astounding. From drug advancements to breakthroughs with breast cancer treatments, medical advancements are ongoing in helping to prolong life, prevent and treat disease. One of the biggest parts of implementing those advancements, however, is related to diagnostics and initial identification of health issues.
A CT scan, sometimes referred to as a CAT scan (Computed Axial Tomography) is a quick and painless way to get detailed images of the body that an X-ray cannot. Similar to an X-ray, radiation is used during the test, however, it is considered safe and the diagnostic benefits often outweigh any potential radiation exposure risk. The physician requesting the CT scan will often review the risks of the scan as well as why the test is needed. If a patient has questions about the CT scan procedure or its safety, it should be discussed with the patient's physician prior to the diagnostic test's completion.
When some CT scans are performed, a contrast agent is sometimes used through an injection to the patient as a way to better identify a particular area of the body. Again, this is often considered harmless, but the patient should ask questions about the process of using contrast if the patient is not comfortable with the process.
The siemens sensation is a CT (Computed Tomography) diagnostic tool that can provide a great level of detail for doctors to better understand the health status of the patient and how to develop a plan for the patient's potential health issue. Unlike other CT diagnostic tools, the siemens sensation can provide up to 64 slices per rotation for the most detailed information on a patient's health. The Siemens Sensation is the most installed 64-slice scanner in the world today. Once the slices are taken, the slices are then compiled via computer so the physician can see cross-sections of the body that include soft tissue, bone and blood vessels.
Siemens has been at the forefront of CT technology as the first medical manufacturer to develop a CT machine in 1974. Since then, the company has made multiple advancements in CT technology, including the siemens sensation.