# CT- Basic Principles of CT

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1. what does CT accomplish that conventional radiographs cant?
• scans thin sections of the body with a narrow x-ray beam that roatates around the body, producing images of each cross section
• allows for the differentiation between tissues of similar densities
2. what are the main advantages of ct over regular xray?
main advantages of ct over regular xray are in the elimination of superimposed structures, the ability to differentiate small differences in density of anatomic structures and abnormalities and the superior quality of the images.
3. what does the z-axis, x-axis, and y-axis refer to in CT imaging?
• z-axis: the thickness of the cross-sectional slice
• x-axis: width
• y-axis: height
4. what does an x-axis and y-axis form?
2 dimensional squares or a pixel (picture element)
5. what does an x-axis, y-axis and z-axis form?
a cube or voxel (volume element)
6. what is a matrix?
the grid formed from the rows and columns of pixels.
7. what is the most common matrix size?
512x512
8. the total number of pixels in a matrix is calculated how?
multiply number of rows and the number of columns: i.e 512x512= 262,144
9. what happens to pixel size when matrix size increases?
pixel size decreases because the outside perimeter of the square is held constant.
10. what is attentuation?
the degree to which an xray beam is reduced by an object
11. what does Hounsfield units quantify?
the degree that a structure attenuates an x-ray beam
12. what are the hounsfield units for water, air, and bone?
• distilled water = 0
• air = -1000
• bone = 1000
 Author: swtjo3joe ID: 233221 Card Set: CT- Basic Principles of CT Updated: 2013-09-06 23:06:39 Tags: spatial resolution low contrast temporal axis collimators pixel voxel matrix beam attenuation high linear coefficient positive agent negative agents hounsfield units polychromatic xray energy artifacts hardening cupping volume averaging partial effect raw data scan image reconstruction prospective recon retrospective step shoot scanning spiral helical multidtector row ct imaging planes anatomic position anterior gantry anode focal spot tube current heat capacity dissipation acquisition system view display processor Folders: Description: basic principles of ct Show Answers: