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Ct Scans And Its Effects On The Human Body

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Eighty million CT scans are done each year in the U.S. alone according to CBS news. CT stands for computed tomography. CT was founded by Sir Godfrey Hounsfield and Dr. Alan Cormack more than three decades ago. CT scans can show little tiny problems as small as a grain of rice in the human body. Advances in computed tomography (CT) scans have made it easier for doctors to clearly see what is wrong and where to start when a person is sick, injured or in pain. Computed tomography scans are one of the most common tests used in doctors’ offices and hospitals along with dental offices as well. With the many types of CT scans that can be done; Doctors can diagnosis hundreds of different problems and illnesses. They can show things in the human body like dental problems, different types of cancer such as lung and rectal cancer, and cardiac problems like coronary artery disease.

Computed tomography scans are used very often in dental settings. They can show things like “impacted teeth and evaluations [sic] of their relations with adjacent teeth.” (Shim et al. 333). There are multiple different views of CT scans that doctors can use for dental scans. There are also multiple uses for the scans. Orthodontists might use the scan to track the progression with the use of braces on a patient. For example regular dentistry can use the scans to determine when the right time to take out a patients wisdom teeth is. There are specific views that are more effective for dental work like
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