What is a 16-Slice CT Scan?

If you are coming in for your first CT scan, you are probably wondering what actually goes on when you get your test done. At our facility, we digital x-ray imaginghave a 16-slice CT scan, which is one of the most complete CT scan images you can have done. Since it is one of the most precise types of imaging available, we get many questions on how it works. Here’s a brief overview of how our 16-slice CT scan operates.

How a 16-Slice CT Scan Functions

A CT scan, or a computed tomography scan, works like many other types of diagnostic imaging. It takes highly-concentrated x-rays around the patient’s body which take the slices, or images, that you see with your radiologist. A CT scan uses a large, tubular x-ray that stays in place as the patient is moved through the center of it. The large tube that the patient goes through is also called the gantry, which is what rotates and takes the images inside their body.

These highly-concentrated x-ray images that the gantry takes can be placed on top of each other to form a more detailed image or slice. At our facility, we have a 16-slice CT scan – which takes 16 cross-sectional photos and places them on top of one another. This not only creates an accurate image of the patient’s organs, tissues, or bones, but it also goes quicker than lower-slice CT scans as well.

If you are looking for top-of-the-line, digital x-ray imaging in New Jersey, turn to us at Middletown Image. Set up your CT scan with us today at (732) 275-0999.