Computed tomography (CT) is a diagnostic tool that provides a three-dimensional image of a patient’s internal organs. Our lung cancer team uses CT as a non-invasive technique for determining the size and exact location of tumors in patients diagnosed with certain types of lung cancer.
CT scanners use X-rays and computers to create detailed pictures of the insides of the body. A “slice” refers to one horizontal section of tissue. The more slices an image has, the more opportunity there is for specialists to detect small nodules (benign or cancerous), in the lungs. Slices scanned by 16-slice CT are twice as thin as those scanned by 32-slice CT, which are more commonly found in other hospitals and cancer centers.
Thanks to NJMRI’s 16-slice CT technology, doctors can detect nodules at a much smaller size than ever before-as tiny as a grain of rice.
In addition, we can scan a patient with a complete 16-slice CT scan in fewer than 10 seconds. This means that even patients with severe breathing problems are able hold their breath for the required time. With traditional CT, lesions and nodules can be missed while a patient is taking a breath.