Computerized Tomography (CT)

A CT scan — also called computerized tomography or just CT — combines a series of X-ray views taken from many different angles to produce cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside your body. The resulting images can be compared to a loaf of sliced bread. Your doctor will be able to look at each of these slices individually or perform additional visualization to make 3-D images. CT scan images provide much more information than do plain X-rays. A CT scan is particularly well suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can also visualize the brain and — with the help of injected contrast material — check for blockages or other condition of your blood vessels. Your doctor may recommend a CT scan to help diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumors and fractures, pinpoint the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot, guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy, detect and monitor diseases such as cancer or heart disease, as well as detect internal injuries and internal bleeding.