Computed Tomography (CT)
CT scans, or CAT scans, combine a series of X-rays from different angles
to create cross-sectional images or “slices” of the body.
Because CT scans offer more detail than conventional x-rays they are helpful
as your care team diagnoses disease or injury to internal organs, bone,
soft tissue and blood vessels. Your care team will also use your CT scans
to determine the best treatment for you.
- Common Uses of the CT Scan
- To determine the cause of stroke
- To evaluate serious head injuries
- To help diagnose chest diseases
- To detect abnormalities in the body, such as tumors, abscesses, and abnormal
- To see if tumors are responding to treatment
- To help plan radiotherapy
- To screen for lung cancer or other lung disorders
- To evaluate injuries to the hands, feet, and other bones
how to prepare for your CT scan.