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A CT scan (also known as C.A.T. scan, which stands for Computerized Axial Tomography) is a special kind of X-ray that can produce 3D pictures of a cross-section of a part of the body.
It's computerized, meaning a computer makes the picture. It involves tomography, from the Greek word "tomos," meaning "slice" or "section," and "graphia," meaning "recording."
CT scans are a valuable diagnostic tool. They are able to detect some conditions that conventional X-rays cannot because CT scans can show a 3D view of the section of the body being studied. CT scans are also useful for monitoring a patient's progress during or after treatment.
CT scans are used for many diagnostic procedures including, but not limited to:
Conventional X-rays can't show brain structures, but CT scans can. Head scans may detect or rule out:
CT scans can distinguish bone, tissue, fat, gas, fluid, etc. They can determine if a growth is solid or cystic (fluid-filled), and if an organ's size and shape are normal. CT scans can be especially important in diagnosing: