CT (computed tomography) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of
your body and structures inside your body. A CT
scan of the chest can give your doctor information about
your lungs, your heart, and other structures in your chest.
During the test, you will lie on a table that
is attached to the CT scanner. The CT scanner is a large doughnut-shaped
CT scan of the chest can help find problems such as
infection, lung cancer, blocked blood flow in the lung (pulmonary
embolism), and other lung problems. It also can be
used to see if cancer has spread into the chest from another area of the
Talk to your doctor about all your
health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
Watch closely for
changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a
list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have
your test results.
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Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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