A CT (computed tomography) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of
your body and structures inside your body. A CT
scan of the cervical spine can give your doctor information about
the spine and vertebrae in your neck (cervical spine).
A CT scan of the
cervical spine can help find problems such as infection,
tumours, and breaks in the cervical spine. It also can help diagnose narrowing
of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) and a herniated disc in the cervical
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:
October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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