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Trauma Computed Tomography

Abstract Computed Tomography (CT) allows doctors to obtain in-depth high quality images that surpass standard radiography images. In trauma situations where speed and time are key to the survival and treatment of patients, CT out does any other modality with providing the information needed to treat patients effectively. In trauma imaging situations, the technologist has to be alert and knowledgeable of all protocols that are available to him or her and also be able to adapt to any given situation and still obtain high quality images. Throughout the next few paragraphs, the pros and cons of standard trauma CT imaging of the body will be discussed, along with the positioning adaptations and the contrast protocol decisions that must be made during trauma situations.

Trauma Computed Tomography Trauma situations lead to positioning for exams that is not normally utilized. This is where the technologist gets to utilize his or her skills at adapting to the situation and overcoming this obstacle. For exams such as, Head and C-Spine, a patient is normally supine with the head and neck placed in the head rest that attaches to the patient table of the computed tomography machine and scanned head first into the machine. This headrest is detachable and allows for a footrest to be put in its place that allows the table to be one solid flat surface. For exams such as, Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis and Lower Extremities the footrest is normally used to allow patients to be in a supine position and scanned feet first into the Gantry of the CT machine. For trauma situations a solid flat patient table is adequate for patients that are on spine boards because the patient is normally strapped to the board, unable to move and the board extends past their head and neck. Trauma CTs of Head and C-spine can be done with the patient strapped to the…...

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