Diseases of the urinary system can have life-threatening consequences. Kidney disease, renal failure, or cancer of the kidney, bladder, or prostate can all develop if a disorder is not identified and treated in time. The most effective means of diagnosing a urological condition is through a computed tomography (CT) scan.
- A CT urogram is a type of CAT scan, which is a special imaging procedure that enables a medical specialist to take a detailed picture of the inside of a person’s body. During the procedure, a scanner sends low-dose X-rays through the patient, taking images of the body from several angles. These images are then combined into a three-dimensional computer image of a section of the body, enabling the specialist to detect problems that other scans might miss. The scanning procedure usually takes only about 5-10 minutes.
- CT urography has a number of purposes. By scanning the kidneys and bladder, a specialist can determine whether a patient’s kidneys are free of disease, and can also look for kidney and bladder stones. The ureters—the small tubes that allow urine to flow from the kidneys to the bladder—can be examined for obstructions. A urogram can also be used to determine the cause of a known condition, such as incontinence.
- For certain parts of the body, an IV contrast agent will be required in order to detect the presence of a tumor, kidney stone, or other abnormalities. When this is necessary, the fluid will be placed into the patient’s body using a small catheter, which will be attached to the arm. Patients who are allergic to iodine should inform the specialists before the procedure.
With four convenient locations, Advanced Medical Imaging is proud to provide all of our patients with state-of-the-art medical services, including diagnostic imaging services such as CT, MRI, and Ultrasound. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans, and are also contracted with most insurance providers. To set up an appointment at our Denver & Boulder Metro Area clinics, call (303) 647-6504 today.