The spiral Computer Tomography Laboratory is equipped with the latest generation AQUILION 64 computer tomograph from Toshiba.
The examinations are carried out by radiologists:
The virtual colonoscopy is a method that makes it possible to visualize the inside of the large intestine. After proper cleaning of the large intestine, it is filled with air and a CT scan is performed, obtaining an endoscopic image. Compared to traditional colonoscopy, this technique is faster, better tolerated by patients and does not require sedation – patients can return to normal activity shortly after the end of the examination. The disadvantage of the examination is the lack of histological verification of detected pathological changes and direct therapeutic intervention (eg a polyp removal). Virtual colonoscopy allows the detection of colon polyps up to 5 mm in diameter and is now becoming a screening method used for the detection of early forms of colorectal cancer. What is the virtual CT bronchoscopy? The image obtained in this examination is similar to that obtained in classic optical bronchoscopy. The examination allows to visualize the interior of the bronchial tree up to 5.-7. row of branchings, while conventional bronchoscopy is usually limited to the 3rd row bronchi. No preparation is necessary to perform the test and its implementation is possible in virtually every MSCT examination of the thorax. The virtual bronchoscopy allows the assessment of endobronchial tumors, narrowing of the respiratory tracks and patency of stents.
Multi-row computer tomography found particularly important application in vascular imaging. Angiography of computer tomography (angio-CT) is performed after intravenous administration of an iodine contrast agent. The selection of an appropriate delay in the acquisition of data depending on the vascular area to be examined allows to obtain the image in the arterial or venous phase. The scope of applications of CT angiography is very wide and covers virtually all vessels: cerebral, cervical, limb vessels, abdominal and thoracic vessels. Angio CT is particularly important in the diagnosis of aneurysms and other intracranial vessels malformations, stenoses of the carotid, celiac and renal arteries, as well as in the diagnosis of atherosclerotic changes in the arteries of the limbs. CT angiography is a particularly useful method in planning surgical procedures for dilating arteries and implanting endovascular prostheses (stent grafts).
The examination is carried out on an empty stomach (at least 5 hours before the examination you should refrain from eating).
If the examination is done in the afternoon you can eat breakfast. Do not refrain from drinking fluids.
Before the examination, it is advisable to take the usual daily amount of fluids (1-2 liters).
You can drink natural water.
You should take your regular medications on the day of the examination.
You should submit for the examination half an hour before the planned date.
You should bring with you the results of previous imaging examinations (X-ray, ultrasound, CT and MR images as well as test descriptions) and documentation of the course of treatment (information sheets, extracts, test results).
The urinary bladder should be filled for a pelvic CT scan.
Cardio-CT examination consists of three parts: Calcium Score, coronary angiography and functional assessment of the myocardium. The basis of the assessment are multi-faceted (MPR) image reconstruction, curvilinear (along the vessel run – CPR) and three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions. Cardio-CK allows to assess abnormalities of the artery orifices or coronary artery anomalies, assessment of coronary artery stenoses, including the determination of the size and type of atherosclerotic plaques. Cardio-CT examination is also used to assess the patency of stents and coronary bypass grafts. The Calcium Score test is an assessment of the degree of coronary calcification, considered to be one of the independent factors of the occurrence of coronary heart disease symptoms. The examination of the left ventricle function allows the assessment of myocardial contractility and the evaluation of the ejection fraction.