Sunday, July 21, 2024

CT Scan of the Foot

What Is a CT Scan?

CT stands for computed tomography. A CT scan uses x-rays and computer technology to create detailed images of the structures inside your body. A CT scan of the foot can provide detailed images of the bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues in this part of your body. 

CT scans are generally quick and easy. You’ll lie on a table while the CT machine moves around you, taking pictures from different angles. The entire exam usually takes 30 minutes-1 hour. 

Preparing for Your CT Scan

There’s no special preparation needed for a CT scan. You can eat and drink normally before and after the test. 

CT scans are one of the most effective ways to diagnose problems with bones, muscles, fat, and blood vessels. This type of scan can show even small changes in tissue and structures within your body. CT scans are great to evaluate cortical bone at fracture sites. 

A CT Scan Can Help Locate:

  • Tumors 
  • Cysts 
  • Infections 
  • Inflammation 
  • Bone fractures 
  • Blood clots 

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