X-rays and CT scans create internal images that our internal medicine or osteopathic medicine doctors will use to identify and treat patients’ health conditions.
Traditional X-rays still provide doctors with much of the information they need, but CT scans reflect more detail. Where X-rays provide 2-dimensional images, CT scans offer 3-dimensional views.
Differences Between X-Rays and CT Scans
There are several differences between X-rays and CT scans, or computerized tomography scans.
An X-ray detects dislocations and fractures of bones, as well as certain cancers and respiratory conditions. Results of X-rays can be viewed on a computer within minutes.
A CT scan, also known as a CAT Scan, takes a series of advanced X-rays. It uses computer technology to create cross-sectional 2D images, or slices, of the area that is being imaged. When stacked together, these 2D images can create a 3D image.
CT scans are typically used to view muscles, bones, and tumors, as well as to locate internal bleeding. During a CT Scan, a round structure called a gantry circles around the patient. Because the device is open, patients are unlikely to experience discomfort associated with being in enclosed spaces. The process takes about 30 minutes.