Talking about CT scan risks and helping a loved one feel at ease might seem like a challenge when someone is overly sensitive to taking any kind of test. Perhaps they had a bad experience with imaging tests in the past and may feel upset they need to have a CT scan for the first time. But here at Glendale MRI Institute, we want every patient to feel as comfortable as possible while also doing away with misconceptions. It’s easy to build the wrong impressions about imaging tests if another clinic didn’t use them properly.
And if you’re a family member or friend, letting that person know the judicious use of CT scans is the key to success in getting them on a road to peace of mind. Through our clinic, we take extreme care in making sure imaging tests are done properly to lessen any risks.
No doubt the person having the CT scan has heard about the risks from radiation. While risks are there from ionizing radiation, that risk is smaller with proper usage of the scan. Limiting CT scans as much as possible will decrease any chances of cancer in the future. If the patient is going to be a young child, CT scans are discouraged since the radiation can cause more harm to them in time than it does in adults.
The reality is, the chances of getting cancer in an adult are smaller since it takes years to manifest. With just one CT scan, those risks are also smaller, even though cancer is always a risk in life without a healthy lifestyle as a safeguard.
Peace of Mind About the CT Scan Procedure
Your friend or family member may also feel afraid of claustrophobia going into a CT scan tube. That’s understandable, even though it’s a much quicker procedure than when doing an MRI. While they will go into a tube, it is a shorter, larger tube than most MRIs and they will only be inside for a very few minutes as the machine captures images.
Before the test, it also helps to tell your friend or family member about the clarity of the images and how it’s going to help diagnose a problem much faster than if just using x-rays. Overall, CT scans are well worth the time thanks to creating detailed images of all your internal organs and scoping out medical problems immediately. With the proper usage, the risks are still low and can help relieve that other stress of worrying about what’s going on inside one’s body.
Contact us here at Glendale MRI Institute if you have any questions or concerns about CT scans. Our goal is focus on you and making sure you’re comfortable through all of our state-of-the-art imaging procedures.