While CT scans were originally used for taking a good look at the brain, computerized tomography (CT) can now be used to view any soft tissues and bone throughout the body. This makes them an excellent tool to properly diagnose injuries of your muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and skeletal system after blunt trauma from an accident.
CT scans after an injury can help detect serious injuries that may otherwise go unnoticed, including:
- Blood clots
- Concussion / mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Internal bleeding
- Organ tears
- Nerve damage
- Spinal damage
While X-rays and a physical examination at the emergency department can help rule out many of these injuries, symptoms may not be immediately noticeable. Some conditions are undetectable by a simple X-ray. Advanced imaging can be utilized to catch minor incidences before they become major, life-threatening or disabling conditions.
CTs are completely safe and take just minutes to perform. You may be injected with a contrast dye to ensure the image of your internal structures is as clear as possible, or given a drink containing the dye. After your scan, one of our radiologists will review your results and go over them with you as well as discuss them with your doctor, should you need further treatment.
Do you need imaging after a car accident, sports injury, or other traumatic experience? Our skilled radiologists are board certified and fellowship-trained in advanced imaging procedures. We’re able to accurately diagnose injuries from blunt trauma using state-of-the-art CT scans and other imaging tools. Call (561) 795-5558 or request an appointment online today.