4 Best Imaging Tools for Diagnosing Digestive Diseases

Diagnosing Digestive Diseases Tools
Imaging tools allow you to take images of objects and turn them into virtual images for ease of storage and manipulation. These tools are essentially important in the medical field, as with them, study and diagnosis can be done even without the need to cut open or cause pain to the patient. There are several different types of imaging tools used to diagnose diseases of the digestive system. For instance, if you discover you are excreting bloody stool and you don’t actually know what is causing it, an imaging tool can be used for the diagnosis. With proper diagnosis, you can ensure proper treatment for any health condition. Here are some imaging tools that can be used to diagnose digestive diseases.

Computed Tomography

Computed Tomography
Using multiple x-rays of a body, taken from different angles, a computer can collect the images and give a series of slices which in turn helps the doctors to determine what might be wrong. This method is called the Computed Tomography, popularly known as the CT Scan.

A CT scan uses many X-ray images taken from different angles, processes them with a computer, in order to produce images, typically called virtual ‘slices’. This helps the user to see and study the insides of the object without the need to cut open. It is important to note that the CT Scan produces a whole lot of data that can be manipulated in order to demonstrate several bodily structures. The cross-sectional images are used for diagnostic and therapeutic research and concerns in the medical field.

Ct Angiography

Also, called CT Colonography or CT Pneumocolon, the CT Angiography works together with the CT scan (discussed above) and an injection of a contrast dye. The work of the dye is to highlight the blood vessels and tissues in the stomach. Once the blood vessels and tissues are highlighted, they can be seen and doctors can make an inference. This medical imaging procedure uses x-rays and computers to produce images of the colon in multi-dimensional forms and displays them on a screen. This procedure is helpful because it is used to diagnose colon and bowel diseases.

Virtual Colonoscopy

Virtual Colonoscopy
With the Virtual Colonoscopy, it is now possible to take pictures of the colon. From this picture, there could be a reconstruction of a three-dimensional model of the colon. This will seriously help to achieve proper inspection of the insides of the colon, without any pain being inflicted on the patient, as it is a picture that is being studied.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The MRI simply means Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This one is used to produce very clear images of the human body. It does not work with the use of X-rays. It rather uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer. It is risk-free to a very large extent. It is used in radiology to create pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body in both health and disease.

The technology behind MRI comes from the science of nuclear magnetic resonance. Since it came into use in the early 1970s and 1980s, it has been seen as a proven imaging tool in diagnostic medicine and research. Not only can it create and form detailed spatial images, it can also produce a variety of chemical and physical data.


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