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Chest CT Scan

Alternate Names : Computed Tomography, Chest, CAT Scan, Chest, Chest CAT Scan, CT Scan, Chest

Chest CT Scan | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

A doctor specially trained in analyzing CT images, called a radiologist, will examine the results of the test. The radiologist will forward a report of the findings to the individual's healthcare provider.

Some of the conditions a chest CT can reveal include:

  • tumors of the lungs, chest wall, bone and soft-tissue, such as lung cancer
  • lung abscess
  • lung infections such as pneumonia and tuberculosis
  • chronic lung conditions such as emphysema
  • fluid or inflammation of the membranes around the heart, known as pericardial effusion
  • fluid or inflammation of the membranes around the lungs, known as pleural effusion
  • rib or spine fractures
  • stomach problems, such as hiatal hernia or conditions of the esophagus
  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • conditions of the aorta such as calcification, dilation, or tears

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    Author: Stephanie Slon, BA
    Reviewer: Lanita Dawon, MD
    Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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