What are Joint CT Scans?
A doctor or physician may order a CT scan of the bone or joint to make detailed pictures and analyze the internal structure. Computerized tomography (CT) scanning is useful to get a very detailed 3D image of certain parts of the body.
The process begins by taking many different X-ray views at various different angles, which are then combined with the use of computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissue inside of your body, including tissues inside of solid organ. Ordinary X-ray testing does not show clear images of soft tissue, so doctors often request CT scanning to get a good image of soft tissue including organs, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and the brain. Sometimes a contrast dye is used as it shows up clearer on the screen.
Various bones in your body can be seen during a quality CT scan of the bone or joint including shoulder, hip, pelvis, and spine.
Reasons for a Bone or Joint CT scan:
CT scans are used for a multitude of reasons. They may be done to check for certain cancers in various different ways including to detect abnormal tumors, growths or lumps. They also identify the location of tumors, the stage of cancer, and where to perform a biopsy.
A bone or joint CT scan can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. They are important in planning for certain types of therapy and surgery, as well as in the aftermath to determine whether the patient’s body is responding to treatment.
CT scans can be used to detect cysts or infections in the body. They can also identify the bone structures within the body and can accurately measure the density of bone.
A CT scan is often used to quickly inspect a patient after an accident in order to identify traumatic internal injuries.
A Bone or Joint CT scan may help diagnose (find):
A bone CT scan can identify abnormalities of the spine including scoliosis, herniated discs, or a narrowing or widening spinal canal.
A CT scan of the bone allows physicians to examine bones, soft tissues, and joints to determine whether there are any damages, fractures, or any further abnormalities.
A bone CT scan may detect tumors or masses that may be cancerous, that may require treatment, which is planned for using the scan. It will display location, size and shape of the tumor or mass.
A CT scan of the bone or joint may diagnose diseases or infections. Osteoporosis is often diagnosed through a CT scan.