Computer Tomography (CT) Scan

CT Scan

Computed tomography (CT), also known as Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) is a painless, sophisticated diagnostic procedure. Multiple images are taken during a CT or CAT scan, and a computer compiles them into complete, cross-sectional pictures (“slices”) of soft tissues, bones, and blood vessels.

A CT scan obtains images of parts of the body that cannot be seen on a standard x-ray. Therefore, these scans often result in earlier diagnosis and more successful treatment of many diseases. A CT scan is considered to be a safe examination. While CT imaging does involve x-rays, the diagnostic benefits generally outweigh the risks of x-ray (radiation) exposure. In some CT scans, contrast agents or sedatives may be used.