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CAT Scan

What is a CT scan (computed tomography)?

In conventional X-rays, a beam of energy is aimed at the body part being studied. A plate behind the body part captures the variations of the energy beam after it passes through skin, bone, muscle, and other tissue. While much information can be obtained from a regular X-ray, specific detail about internal organs and other structures is not available.

Uses of CT scans

CT Scans can show brain structures which a conventional x-ray cannot. A CT Scan can also distinguish bone, tissue, fat, gas, and fluid. They can determine if a growth is solid or fluid-filled and if an organ is a normal shape and size.

CT Scans are routinely used to diagnose:
  • Back Problems
  • Blood Clots
  • Enlarged Lymph Node
  • Enlarged Ventricles
  • Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Disease
  • Tumors

How is the CT scan performed?

The CT scanner is located in a large room. The patient lies on a narrow table that slides into a doughnut-shaped hole that’s part of the CT scanner.

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