Computerized Tomography, also known as a CT or CAT scan is a medical imaging device that combines the use of x-rays with computers to produce images that allow physicians to look inside a patient’s body. Unlike conventional radiographs, a CT scan can produce clear, extremely detailed pictures of the body’s internal structures. It can separate bone from muscle and fat in the part of the body being examined.
Much like a conventional radiograph, x-rays pass through the person’s body and a computer then reconstructs the information into cross-sectional images. These cross-sectional images allow the radiologist to evaluate the internal organs as though we looked at the body separated into a series of thin “slices”.
A CT or CAT scan is a noninvasive test that can help your medical provider diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions. One of our radiologists performs and interprets the examination and relays the information in a report which is then sent and discussed with your physician. Your physician will then, in turn, discuss the report with you.
A CT scan can be helpful to examine almost any part of your body, but some of the most common conditions evaluated include injuries (trauma), cardiovascular disease, cancers, infectious diseases, and sources of pain.