What are Spleen CT Scans?
A doctor or physician may order a CT scan of the spleen 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.
Reasons for a Spleen 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.
Spleen CT scans can be used to check for an injury to the spleen or determine it’s size. Although other imaging can also reveal spleen trauma injury, spleen CT scanning is the radiographic modality used by most, and is considered my many to be the best evaluation of the spleen and the surrounding tissues. Another advantage of a CT is the ability view all of the abdominal organs simultaneously along with the spleen.
A spleen 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 Spleen CT scan may help diagnose (find):
A CT scan of the spleen may show whether or not it is enlarged, which is known as splenomegaly. The scan will help determine the size of your spleen and whether it is crowding other organs.
A spleen CT scan may identify cysts, diseases, or lesions in the general region.
A CT scan of the spleen can diagnose a trauma in the area.
Many different forms of cysts can be found and identified by using a spleen CT. In fact, on some sonograms, infarcts can be confused with a laceration so CT scans are often used.
CT scans of the spleen are often ordered by doctors to diagnose tumors, ruptures, Sarcoidosis, Amyloidosis and other infections or diseases.