A computed tomography
(CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of parts of your body and the
structures inside your body. During the test, you will lie on a table that is
attached to the CT scanner. The CT scanner is a large doughnut-shaped machine.
Doctors use CT scans to study
areas of the body, such as the brain, chest, or belly. CT scans are also used
to assist or check on the success of a procedure or surgery. An example of this
is when a CT is used to guide a needle into the body during a tissue
Talk to your doctor
about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor
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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