Diagnostic Imaging - About Your Exam
Computed Tomography (CT, CAT Scan)
CT Scanner image courtesy of Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region
Computed Tomography produces a 3-D image of the inside of the body.
A CT scanner is a large donut-shaped machine that sends X-ray pulses through the body to take a picture of an organ or area.
CT scans can be used to study the chest and abdomen and diagnose many different cancers. They can help diagnose and treat spinal problems and injuries to hands, feet and other skeletal structures. CT scans can clearly show very small bones and surrounding tissues such as muscle and blood vessels.
This section explains what each type of exam is used for, what you can expect during your exam, and common tips on how to prepare beforehand.
Learn more about CT Scan at HealthLine Online.