What is a dual-energy CT scan?
Standard computed tomography (CT) scanners use normal X-rays to make cross-sectional ‘slice-like’ pictures or images of the body. A dual-energy CT scanner is new technology that uses both the normal X-ray and also a second less powerful X-ray to make the images. This gives dual-energy CT additional advantages over standard CT for a wide range of tests and procedure
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Get answers to some of the most common questions about Dual-Energy CT.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER Dual-Energy CT ?
Producing better pictures of blood vessels (CT angiography), which might allow the radiologist to obtain more accurate information about your condition.
HOW METAL AFFECT THE SCAN?
Improving the quality of images of metal that might have been used to repair bones or joints in the body.
IS DUAL ENERGY CT MORE EFFICIENT?
Reducing the number of scan images required to obtain the same information as a single energy study.
IS CHEMICAL MAKE UP IMPORTANT?
Providing information about the chemical makeup of some diseases; for example, kidney stones, which could help your doctor to decide on the correct treatment.
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