CT Scan Bone:

CT is a type of imaging test. It utilize X-rays and a computer to make comprehensive images of the body. A CT scan shows comprehensive images of different parts of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are extra detailed than standard X-rays.

In standard X-rays, a beam of energy is aimed at the body part existence studied. A plate behind the body part captures the variations
of the energy beam after it passes through skin, bone, muscle, and other tissue. In a CT scan, an X-ray beam moves in a circle around the body. This allows many different views of the same organ or structure. The X- ray information is sent to a computer that interprets the X-ray data and displays it in a 2-dimensional (2D) form on a monitor.

Using specialized equipment and expertise to create and interpret CT scans of the body, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. CT scans may be done with or without "contrast." Contrast refers to a substance taken by mouth or injected into an intravenous (IV) line that causes the particular organ or tissue under study to be seen more clearly

Why CT scan bone is done?
A CT scan of the bones may be performed If you have unexplained bone pain, a bone scan might help determine the cause. The test is very sensitive to any difference in bone metabolism including:

  • Hot spots
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Paget's disease of bone
  • Cancer originating in bone
  • Cancer that has metastasized to bone from a different site
  • Infection of the joints, joint replacements or bones (osteomyelitis)
  • Impaired blood supply to bones or death of bone tissue

There may be other reasons for your doctor to recommend a CT scan of the bones, joints, or soft tissues.