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CT Scans

Learn more about CT Scans and what to expect.

CT scans

Computerized tomography, also referred to as a CT or CAT scan, differs from an MRI in that this procedure uses X-rays instead of magnets to create cross-section images of soft tissue, bone, and blood vessels for diagnosing illnesses and injuries or monitoring some treatments. CT scans can be ordered for:

  • Cardiac and coronary vessel analysis
  • Coronary artery calcification scoring
  • Blood clots and enlarged ventricles in the head
  • Brain tumors
  • Some abnormalities associated with certain mental illnesses
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Trauma/emergency situations
  • Stroke assessment
  • Oncology/cancer care
  • Pulmonary emboli
  • Inner ear ailments
  • Spinal injuries and back problems
  • Lung cancer

The scan itself is quick and painless, though it is very important to remain still for the best-possible images.

Some CT scans require fasting, and some require a contrast to be taken for the best-possible images. Your physician will advise you of any special instructions for your scan.