CT Scans

A computerised tomography (CT scan) is a non-invasive, painless procedure using X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. Several beams are sent out simultaneously from different angles, producing a cross section of images in a 3D form.

CT scans are as good as MRI scans for highlighting spinal structures. The CT scanner is a ring like structure, with a bed passing through it – unlike the MRI machine which consists of a tunnel scanner.

CT Scan

MRI is however, preferred over CT, as the spinal imaging of choice when looking at structures – this is due to the higher dose of radiation associated with CT scanning, as multiple X-rays are used during the procedure, whereas MRI uses magnets and no radiation is involved.

CT is regarded as the investigation of choice when peripheral spinal problems are suspected, and when the phenomenon of spondylolysis or spinal slippage is being investigated. They also have a variety of other uses aside from analysing spinal problems and injuries, such as detecting different types of cancer.

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