Computed Tomography (CT)

Lake Imaging offers CT services at numerous locations. Please refer to the specific CT procedure you require for further information.

Computed tomography (CT) is a highly versatile and non-invasive medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays and digital computer technology to create detailed two or three-dimensional images of the body. Unlike some other forms of medical imaging, CT can image many types of body structure simultaneously including bone, blood vessels and soft tissue.

The CT scanner consists of a large gantry (a supporting structure) with a circular hole, within which the patient lies on a moving examination table.  Inside the gantry is a rotating ring that carries the x-ray source and electronic x-ray detectors.  A narrow fan beam of x-rays is produced and directed through the body area that is to be examined. These x-rays are received by a set of detectors and the resulting signals are sent to a very powerful computer that transforms them into three-dimensional cross sectional images.

The images are then examined by a Radiologist (a doctor specialising in the interpretation of medical images) who will report the findings to your referring doctor. The digital images are stored electronically by Lake Imaging for future reference and can be provided on film or CD/DVD if your referring doctors requests this.