A CT Scan or CAT Scan uses a special x-ray along with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images of the area being examined. These cross-sectional images can be studied on a computer or saved to a CD and sent to your physician.
During a CT scan you lie on a motorized table that will move you into position during your exam. A large circular shaped object will spin and capture images that your doctor will use during diagnosis. Depending on the type of scan being performed you may be required to take contrast material by mouth, by an injection or both. Contrast material helps highlight sections of your body that your doctor would like to focus on.
The most common uses for CT scans include diagnostic studies of the: