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CT Scan, which stands for Computed Tomography (sometimes referred to as a CAT scan), is a fast painless diagnostic tool doctors can use to see inside the body. Physicians use the information they get from a CT scan to rule out or confirm the presence of certain abnormalities or diseases.
A CT scanner combines X-rays with advanced computer processing technology to create accurate detailed images of your internal structures and organs.
CT exams are quick and comfortable. You will be asked to lie still on a table as it gently moves you through the scanner. The length of your CT exam depends on which particular study, or studies, your doctor has ordered. Most exams are quick and painless, lasting just a few minutes. You may be asked to arrive at the facility 15 or 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time.
The CT scanner is typically a large, box like machine with a hole, or short tunnel, in the center.
You will lie on a narrow examination table that slides into and out of this tunnel.
Rotating around you, the x-ray tube and electronic x-ray detectors are located opposite each other in a ring, called a gantry.
The computer workstation that processes the imaging information is located in a separate room, where the technologist operates the scanner and monitors your examination.
CT scanning is painless, noninvasive and accurate.
A major advantage of CT is its ability to image bone, soft tissue and blood vessels all at the same time.
CT examinations are fast and simple; in emergency cases, they can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.
CT has been shown to be a cost-effective imaging tool for a wide range of clinical problems.
CT is less sensitive to patient movement than MRI.
CT can be performed if you have an implanted medical device of any kind, unlike MRI.
CT imaging provides real-time imaging, making it a good tool for guiding minimally invasive procedures such as needle biopsies and needle aspirations of many areas of the body, particularly the lungs, abdomen, pelvis and bones.
A diagnosis determined by CT scanning may eliminate the need for exploratory surgery and surgical biopsy.
No radiation remains in a patient's body after a CT examination.
X-rays used in CT scans usually have no immediate side effects.