Computer tomography is a radiological diagnostic method to create a sliced image of the body area being examined, using X-rays. Digital images can be viewed on the computer screen. Additionally, images can be transferred to a film or CD, or permanently stored in PACS to be reviewed later if necessary. Patient may be injected with contrast agent through the arm vessels or may be requested to drink contrast material, depending on the type of examination to be performed.
In addition to imaging of the thorax, abdomen, neck, brain, spine and limbs, imaging of all body vessels such as brain, neck, lungs, heart and abdomen can be done quickly with angiographic images.
All our diagnostic centres are equipped with high technology General Electric imaging devices, including Almaty (Kazybek Bi, Dostyk), Karaganda, Taraz and Pavlodar.

WHAT IS CT?

Computed tomography is a method of layer-by-layer examination of human internal organs using X-rays. A computed tomography (or CT) generates an image that is processed by a radiologist using a special software.

CT is more accurate than X-ray examination in order to reveal the details of the pathological process, inside human body. Thanks to CT software, hollow organs can be viewed much clearer, such as bladder, small and large intestine, lungs, along with radiopaque stones in the kidneys and ureters, coronary vessels, pancreas, bone structures, parenchymal organs (liver, spleen). CT scan allows the doctor to differentiate between different tissues, such as muscle, fat, and connective tissue. Therefore, CT scans provide a clear image of organs and are better suited for imaging most structures in the brain, head, neck, chest, and abdomen.

CT can detect and report any disorder virtually in any part of the body. For example, doctors can use CT scans to identify a tumor, assess its size, pinpoint its location, and determine how far it has spread into nearby tissues. CT can also help doctors monitor the effectiveness of treatments (such as antibiotics for a brain abscess or radiation therapy for a tumor)

WHEN DO YOU NEED IT?

In addition to imaging of the thorax, abdomen, neck, brain, spine and limbs, imaging of all body vessels such as brain, neck, lungs, heart and abdomen can be done quickly with angiographic images. Concerning the pandemic, it also helps in COVID19 diagnostics as a reliable method

Emergency Situations:

  • Fractures and organ injuries in trauma patients.
  • Detection of brain hemorrhage
  • Pulmonary vascular occlusion
  • Circulatory system problems
  • Appendicitis

Cancer:

  • Lung cancer
  • Large intestine, stomach, biliary tract, liver and pancreas cancers

PREPARATIONS

Preparations prior to CT process:

  • Wear comfortable clothes, try to avoid wearing jewelry during your appointment
  • Abdominal examinations are performed on an empty stomach, cease eating 4 hours prior to process

Suggestions:

  • In order to make the process easier, you may eat lightly by avoiding solid food, as well as food that may increase gas formation inside intestines
  • Make sure to report the technician, if you have previously had allergic reactions to iodine-containing contrast