Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

A Computed Tomography scan, or CT scan, is a specialized x-ray that is a fast painless diagnostic test doctors can use to see inside the body. The process creates clear, sharp images of many kinds of tissue, including lungs, bones, soft tissues, and blood vessels which are helpful in diagnosing numerous conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and infectious diseases.

Images created by CT scans are also used as guides for administering radiation treatments for cancer patients, to guide biopsies, and in planning surgery. In medical emergencies caused by accidents or other trauma, CT scans are often used to assess injuries, including those to internal organs.

You will be asked to lie still on a table for as little as five minutes as it gently moves you through the scanner. As many as a thousand images are recorded by the x-ray tube and a powerful computer.  Sometimes images are enhanced with the use of contrast media that you may need to drink or receive in an injection in a vein in your arm.  Patients receiving contrast may need a simple lab test to determine proper kidney function.

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