Computerized Axial Tomography (CT) CT scan is a specialized xray which uses radiation. A CT produces thin slice images that help detect and diagnose diseases that are not seen on normal x-rays. CT Imaging is one of the fastest methods for studying the chest, abdomen and pelvis because it produces detailed, cross sectional views of all types of tissue. CT examinations are fast and simple.
CT scans are able to provide great information about anatomical features and tissue density, allowing for the detection of tumors and the ability to distinguish between malignant and benign tumors. CT scans can also detect calcium deposits, cysts, and abscesses.
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours prior to your exam, especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of any allergies and if you are taking any medication.