CT Scan Articles

A CT scan is a special kind of X-ray that takes pictures of a cross-section of a part of your body and can be used to reveal changes inside your body that regular X-rays cannot detect. CT scans are particularly useful at taking a closer look at organs and blood flow in the body, among other uses. At Touchstone Imaging centers, we perform a variety of CT scans with and without contrast to provide the most accurate interpretations to guide your treatment. 

Tune in to our CT scan posts page to learn more about this incredible medical imaging modality and about its many practical uses. For more information or to schedule your CT scan, connect with our compassionate staff today!

HOW LONG DOES A CT SCAN OF THE ABDOMEN TAKE?

A CT scan uses X-ray imaging to take pictures of organs, soft tissues and bones. CT scans are a common tool used to diagnose conditions throughout the body. A CT scan of the abdomen appointment typically takes about 30 minutes.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PELVIC CT SCANS

If you are experiencing unusual pain in your lower abdomen, it’s important not to ignore it. While some pelvic pain, such as cramping during menstruation, is normal, other pains can be a symptom of many different, and potentially more serious, conditions. Your doctor may order a pelvic CT scan to help determine the cause.

CHEST CT SCAN FOR YOUR HEART: WHO BENEFITS MOST

It’s time for your annual physical. Just like every other visit, your primary care provider measures your height and weight, takes your blood pressure and orders routine tests on a small blood sample. You talk about changes in your health and how lifestyle changes could maintain your health in the future. But this time, your doctor recommends you obtain a chest CT scan of your heart.

CARDIAC CALCIUM SCORING: UNDERSTAND HEART DISEASE RISK

If you have risk factors for heart disease, learning about the health of your heart’s main arteries can help your doctor select the most appropriate form of treatment to reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke. That’s where cardiac calcium scoring can help.

COLORADO CARDIAC SCORING SPECIAL

Cardiac Scoring measures calcified plaque inside the arteries that can grow and restrict blood flow to the muscles of the heart identifying potential Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) before you have symptoms. Touchstone is offering a $99 Cardiac Scoring Special in February in recognition of Heart Health Month.

CT WITH CONTRAST AND MRI WITH CONTRAST: FACTS TO KNOW

Medical imaging allows radiologists to explore the hidden world of the body so they can detect any areas of concern and share those findings with your physician. One of the ways they do this is by using contrast materials—also known as contrast agents or contrast dyes.

DO YOU NEED A LUNG CT SCAN FOR CANCER DETECTION?

CT scans are often used for an accurate diagnosis of numerous health issues, ranging from pneumonia and heart disease to joint problems and cancer. A lung CT scan at Touchstone Medical Imaging is helpful for diagnosing issues within the lungs, including cancer.

CT SCAN FOR ACCURATE SINUSITIS TREATMENT

CT, or computed tomography, a minimally invasive and accurate form of medical imaging, can provide a reliable tool to help diagnose sinusitis, leading to better sinusitis treatment. In addition to diagnosing sinusitis, CT scans can identify sinus cysts or nasal polyps that may cause other health issues.

UNDERSTANDING STROKES

When it comes to treating a stroke, time is of the essence and not a minute can be wasted. To help improve outcomes, quick access to high-quality medical imaging cannot be understated.

DISCOVERING THE ROOT CAUSE OF BACK PAIN WITH A CT MYELOGRAM

Most people will experience back pain at some time in their lives. In many cases, it goes away as quickly as it arrives. But in other cases, people need treatment to alleviate the underlying problem and ease the pain. A CT myelogram performed at Touchstone Medical Imaging is one tool doctors can use to provide an accurate diagnosis.

DO YOU NEED A LUNG CT SCAN FOR CANCER DETECTION?

CT scans are often used for an accurate diagnosis of numerous health issues, ranging from pneumonia and heart disease to joint problems and cancer. A lung CT scan at Touchstone Medical Imaging is helpful for diagnosing issues within the lungs, including cancer.

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN MRI AND CT SCAN

In today’s post, we will review the difference between an MRI and a CT scan is and which one is the better option for you.

CAN MRI OR CT DETECT CANCER?

An MRI scan and a CT scan can both detect cancer, but that’s not the whole story. Cancer develops at the cellular level, so finding and diagnosing the disease takes medical detective work—something our highly trained staff contributes to every day at Touchstone Medical Imaging.

CT SCANS AND RADIATION EXPOSURE: SHOULD I BE WORRIED?

Join us in today’s post as we address some of the concerns and help clear up what is a myth and what are factually-based concerns you should pay attention to.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES — WHAT MEDICAL IMAGING REVEALS

Our medical imaging centers feature state-of-the-art imaging equipment paired with experienced radiology technologists and the latest imaging software to provide high-quality images that help your physician make an accurate diagnosis and guide effective treatment plans.

WHAT TRAUMA SURGEONS ARE LOOKING FOR IN A CHEST CT

Join us as we review some of the traumatic findings that a trauma surgeon is looking for in a chest CT.

COMMON CHILDHOOD SPORTS INJURIES AND HOW TOUCHSTONE IMAGING CAN HELP

Join us in today’s post as we review the most common pediatric sports injuries and how medical imaging can help diagnose them and develop a treatment plan to successfully recover and even strengthen the area that was injured.

COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS – HOW TOUCHSTONE IMAGING CAN HELP

Join us in today’s post as we discuss why colorectal cancer is deserving of a month of awareness and how Touchstone Imaging can help.

SNAP, CRACKLE, POP: WHAT DOES KNEE POPPING MEAN?

Hearing a loud pop when you bend your knee or make other movements can be unsettling. But is knee popping something you should be worried about?

TEAM UP WITH TOUCHSTONE: IMAGING FOR SPORTS MEDICINE

“Let’s go, TEAM!” If you’re hearing your young cheerleader practice chants all over the house—or if you’re texting your Saturday morning running partner about getting back on the trails after a summer hiatus—you’re not alone.

AFFORDABLE IMAGING IS EASY TO FIND

Are you dealing with chronic pain or other ongoing health issues but worry about the costs involved in diagnosis and treatment? You’re not alone.

HOW AN MRI & OTHER DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SCANS SAVE MONEY AND TIME

Have you been putting off seeing a doctor for an aching joint or other concerning symptoms? Don’t worry; you are not alone. High costs, increased stress, and high time commitments are major factors for why many people delay care, including medical imaging.

HOW IMAGING CAN HELP BRING THE CAUSE OF SEVERE BACK PAIN INTO FOCUS

For nearly three months, Meredith lived with a symptom that’s familiar to most people: lower back pain. Severe back pain—and, occasionally, intense pain that surged down her right leg—made it difficult to go hiking, play with her children and complete everyday tasks. Finally, enough was enough. She was ready to find a solution.