It's March Madness season and you know what that means! College basketball fans all over the country pick their bracket based on the best teams, players, and coaches. Basketball is all fun and games, but in radiology we have a strategy to pick for the best imaging device possible. Let's go through some of the stats on a few radiology procedures:
What is it: A CT scan is an imaging procedure that uses x-ray technology to take images of the inside of the body. You will lie down and the machine will produce a faint humming noise as it produces detailed pictures of structures in the body.
Time: 15-30 Minutes
Patient preparation: No formal preparation, other than not drinking anything for 4 hours before specific CT scans of different parts of the body.
What it is: An x-ray is an imaging scan that exposes the body to small doses of medical radiation to produce shadow like pictures of the inside of the body. It is one of the most popular imaging procedures.
Time: 15 minutes to 1 hour
Patient preparation: No formal preparation, just take off any jewelry or metal.
What it is: An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce a picture of the inside of the body.
Time: 15 minutes.
Patient preparation: Can vary from patient to patient.
What it is: An MRI uses a strong magnetic field, and no ionizing radiation, to produce a computer enhanced image of the inside of the body.
Time: 10 minutes to an hour.
Patient Preparation: Don't wear any jewelry or metal to the scan, and a technician will instruct the patient to change into a gown.