CT scan

CAT scan; Computed axial tomography scan; Computed tomography scan

A computed tomography (CT) scan is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create pictures of cross-sections of the body.

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CT scan

CT stands for computerized tomography. In this procedure, a thin X-ray beam is rotated around the area of the body to be visualized. Using very complicated mathematical processes called algorithms, the computer is able to generate a 3-D image of a section through the body. CT scans are very detailed and provide excellent information for the physician.

How the Test is Performed

How to Prepare for the Test

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Why the Test is Performed

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