Science News looks at one of the most helpful advances in medical technology.
Today, doctors in the United States alone order more than 80 million scans per year. X-ray computed tomography, or CT, is frequently the quickest way of getting a handle on what’s causing a mysterious woe. CT scans can ferret out heart disease, tumors, blood clots, fractures, internal bleeding and more. The technique can give surgeons a heads-up about what they will encounter inside a patient, and guide treatment for cancer and other diseases.
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At 71 last year, I had my first CT scan. It revealed exactly why I was shouting in the middle of the night Oh Frack, Oh Frack, Oh Frack!!!! In the morning, I went to the hospital and got a CT scan – and yes, it was a kidney stone. Dr. said “It’s about a 2mm size stone and will probably pass with no further issues other than it will feel like you are passing razor blades as it exits your urinary tract”. She smiled while she said this. Fortunately for me, I never felt any sensation of it passing and it’s been 18 months so am glad for this technology. All praise the technology!!!