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CT Scan

Alternate Names : CAT Scan, Computed Axial Tomography, Computed Tomography Imaging.

CT Scan | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

A CT scan provides a direct image of soft tissue structures such as the, liver, lung, spleen, pancreas, lymph nodes and fatty tissues. CT is also good for identifying and tracking large abnormalities such as tumors. CT of the head can be used to evaluate strokes, tumors, bleeding and injuries. It can also be used to examine most brain structures. CT performs well in providing images of bony structures. These include the spine, facial bones, sinuses and skull. It also works well in viewing long bones for fractures, tumors or infection.

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CT Scan: Preparation & Expectations


Author: James Compton, MD
Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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