Spiral CT (computed tomography) uses specialized x-ray equipment to obtain a cross-section view of body tissues and organs. Unlike other radiology equipment, the spiral CT provides highly detailed 2- and 3-D images of soft tissue, bone, and blood vessels. The unit gets its name because of the spiral path of the scanner around the body – this path gathers continuous data with no gaps between images. Its open design is comfortable and claustrophobic friendly.
Cary Medical Center’s spiral CT is among the most advanced imaging units available today and is up to 10 times faster than standard radiology equipment. Full body scans can be done in less than one minute; chest, abdomen, and head scans can often be done in less than 10 seconds. The speed of the scan makes spiral CT a crucial diagnostic tool for trauma or critically ill patients, and the exceptionally high quality images may reduce the need for more invasive, higher cost, and complex procedures.