Computed Tomography (CT) Scan: Definition
A CT scan uses x-ray technology to take multiple views of the inside of the body. Compared to regular x-rays, a CT scan can take clearer and more detailed images of organs, bone, soft tissue, blood vessels, and other parts of the body.
CT Scan of the Head
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Some of the primary uses for CT scans include:
- Looking for bleeding inside the body, especially the in the skull.
- Studying the chest and abdomen
- Determining the size and location of a tumor
- Diagnosing skeletal problems
- Diagnosing blood vessel diseases
- Planning radiation treatments for cancer
- Guiding biopsies and other tests
- Planning surgery
- Identifying injuries from trauma
Last reviewedJanuary 2015by Michael Woods, MD
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