CT Scan: FSA Eligibility
Why would you need a CT scan?
CT scans are useful for diagnosing a variety of cancers and identifying tumors as well as many other medical conditions. With a CT scan, medical professionals can determine location and size of a tumor as well as the extent of damage to surrounding tissues the tumor may have caused. CT scans detect abnormal tissues therefore making it a useful tool for radiotherapy and biopsies. These scans are also capable of showing deficiencies in a patient’s blood flow (Medical News Today).
What should you expect during a CT Scan?
A CT Scan is not painful. Before the CT Scan, the patient may be asked to drink a contrast material that is a special dye that helps internal organs and vessels show up more clearly on a CT Scan. The contrast material may also be injected depending on the purpose of the CT Scan. All metal objects including piercings will need to be removed before the scan because they may interfere with the imaging.
The patient will then put on a gown and lay down on the table that will go inside of the machine. The patient will have to lie still in order to produce the clearest images possible. The X-Ray machine then rotates around the patient taking internal images (Healthline).
What are some risks associated with CT Scans?
There are minimal risks associated with CT Scans. Some patients may be allergic to the contrast material, but that typically results in a small rash and mild itchiness. CT Scans involve a small dose of radiation, but the risk of developing cancer after one CT Scan is extremely low (Medical News Today).