CT Scan vs MRI – Is There a Difference?
Why a Ct Scan and not MRI?
Patients are sometimes referred to Progressive Diagnostic Imaging for a Cat Scan. The patient may wonder why a Cat Scan and not an MRI. One reason a doctor may refer you for a Cat Scan is that they want to scan for things that an MRI may not reveal. Which form of scan used depends upon the symptoms you are exhibiting. So why a CT Scan vs MRI?
What Can a CT Scan Detect?
CT Scans can detect a number of diseases. In the brain it can detect bleeding, tumors, enlarged ventricles, and aneurisms. It can reveal sinusitis, some abscesses like cellulitis, orbital defects, fractures and deviated septums in and around your face. Scanning the neck can show enlarged lymph nodes, pharyngeal abscesses, enlarged tonsils, abnormalities of the carotid artery. Chest scans can can reveal tumors, emphysema, pleural effusions, pneumothorax, or collapsed lungs. CT Scans can also detect tumors in major organs like the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. All joints and bones can be scanned to show fractures or other abnormalities. Some scans are done with the use of contrast (a non radioactive substance that is injected into your body which lights up problem areas). While MRIs and Ct Scans are both useful medical tools, CT Scans are more widely used and quicker. They are minimally invasive and less claustrophobic. These are some of the reasons why a CT Scan vs MRI.
Scans Are Referred by Doctors and Evaluated by Professional Radiologists
If you are referred for a CT Scan (sometimes called a Cat Scan), imaging is done at Progressive Diagnostic Imaging by a professional and experienced staff. Radiologists are available for consultation and results. We are a state-of-the-art outpatient imaging facility with your health and well being our focus. For consultations please call (973) 839-5006 or come to our facility located at 44 Route 23 North, Riverdale NJ.