X-Rays and CT Scans

CT scans and X-rays, shown here on a tablet, help doctors diagnose patients' concerns.

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.

CT Scans

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.

A patient lies on an X-ray table while a radiologist adjusts the imaging equipment.

Between these two imaging techniques, our internal medicine patients throughout Oakland County and Wayne County can rest assured that they are in good hands. Contact us for more information about X-rays and CT scans or to learn more about other imaging options.

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