Specialist expertise: Musculoskeletal Radiology, Elite Sport, Radiology, Orthopaedics.
A Standing CT is different to a normal CT Scan in that the patient remains standing while the scan is taking place. Rather than passing radiation through your whole body, in a Standing CT just your feet and ankles are scanned. This allows images to be taken while your weight is applied to the foot and ankle as opposed to when the weight is off during a normal, lying down CT.
A standing CT can have various benefits:
- A Standing CT only uses a very low dose of radiation.
- Usually, this low dose of radiation would give only 2D pictures, but during a Standing CT, 3D images are taken.
- Scans are taken of both feet when they are side by side, aiding comparison.
- The scan is quick (30-60 seconds). This means that if the patient has injured their foot, they do not need to place weight on it for very long.
- Information is more accurate and the process is safer.