Computed Tomography (CT scan)
CT scans show images of tissue that will show up on the monitor of white, black and shades of gray, called the gray scale. The color helps identify tissues that are normal or abnormal, such as normal brain tissue versus a possible tumor in the brain. The CT image is obtained by taking thin “slices” with the x-ray beams.
CT scans provide a differentiation of soft tissue compared to conventional x-rays, that superimpose the bone over the soft tissue.
Patients that are candidates for a CT scan are those with neurological disorders, such as seizure activity, behavior changes or problems walking. The patient is anesthetized with anesthesia for the procedure, since they must remain completely still. The patient will be placed on a table that slowly advances towards the main machine that performs the scan. The images will appear onto a computer monitor for the doctor to review either at that time or at a later time.
Ultrasonography is a type of diagnostic technique that uses ultrasound waves to produce an imaging study. The use of the ultrasound can help the doctor see internal images of the patients body. It is a non-invasive painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases.
If needed our doctor will also use the ultrasound to take fine needle aspirates of certain areas of the liver or masses that are seen for further testing.