What is a CT scan?
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a painless radiology exam that uses a combination of computer and special x-ray equipment. It creates detailed images or scans of areas inside the body like bones, organs, blood vessels, and soft tissues.
CT Scan is primarily used for examining if you have any internal injuries and/or abnormalities. The CT Scan creates more detailed pictures than a regular x-ray.
CT Scans are frequently used to evaluate the brain, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and sinuses. This is helpful in guiding your doctor in diagnosing a disease and to plan radiation, medical, or surgical treatments if required.
CT Scan is a fast, painless, non-invasive and accurate procedure.
Why is a CT Scan performed?
Your doctor will recommend a CT Scan to help:
- Guide procedures such as radiation therapy, surgery, or biopsy
- Detect internal bleeding and internal injuries
- Diagnose bone or muscle disorders, such as fractures or bone tumors
- Monitor the effectiveness of a treatment (if any), such as cancer treatment
- Identify the location of a blood clot, infection, or tumor
- Monitor and detect ailments such as heart disease, liver masses, cancer, or lung nodules
What are the types of CT scans?
How do I prepare?
CT Scan preparation will depend on which part of your body is being scanned. However, refrain from drinking water or eating a few hours before the scan.
Please refer to the following simple preparation guidelines or consult your doctor or the radiology center where you are being treated. Follow your doctor’s instructions and ask any questions that you may have before the procedure. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
Is a CT scan safe?
Yes. CT Scan is an imaging test that involves the use of a small amount of radiation to obtain the required medical information.