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Spiral CT Scan for Kidney Stones

Spiral (helical) CT gets its name from the circular movement of the scanner as the person's body moves through it. A spiral CT can provide a continuous scan of the kidneys in half the time of a standard CT scan. The advantages of a spiral CT scan over standard CT scanning include:

  • A shorter test time.
  • Better images of the kidneys and other organs.
  • The ability to look at the kidneys from different views.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
Last Revised April 28, 2011

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Last Updated: April 28, 2011
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