Computed Tomography (CT)
Understand CT, commonly known as a CAT scan. You want to know what to expect, what it is, and why it may benefit your health. We’ll help with that.
What is a CT? Short for computed tomography, a CT is a series of X-rays taken from different angles of targeted body parts. Compiling these X-rays into images gives your radiologist essential information about your bones or your body’s soft tissues.
Why is a CT performed?
CT is requested for many reasons. Your doctor may want further information to:
- Locate an infection, a blood clot, or a tumor.
- Diagnose muscle or bone issues.
- Detect internal injuries.
- Diagnose and monitor heart, lung, or liver disease.
- Guide surgical, biopsy, or radiology procedures.
- Detect lung cancer
How does CT work? During your CT, you’ll lie down and pass slowly through a large, doughnut-shaped machine. You’ll be able to communicate with your technician the entire time, but will need to remain still during the test. During this time, the CT machine takes various X-rays that your radiologist will interpret. At a later appointment, your doctor will discuss with you your results.
Why is a CT important to my health? CT gives your doctor valuable insight into your body, how it’s functioning, and what treatments may result. The more accurate your diagnosis, the more effective your treatment.
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