What is CAT or CT Scan?
A Computerized Axial Tomography scan, CAT or CT scan, is an X-ray procedure that combines many X-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views and, if needed, three-dimensional images of the internal organs and structures of the body. A CT scan is used to define normal and abnormal structures in the body and/or assist in procedures by helping to accurately guide the placement of instruments or treatments. A large donut-shaped X-ray machine takes X-ray images at many different angles around the body. These images are than compiled and sent to a radiologist for interpretation.
CT scans are performed to analyze the internal structures of various parts of the body including but not limited to:
- Teeth and gums
Occasionally, oral and/or intravenous contrast medium is administered to enhance the images of your exam.
What to expect during your examination.
Patients are placed on a table that moves into the center of a large donut-shaped machine that takes the X-ray images around the body. The process can take from a half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the procedure. The technologist will be viewing the procedure through a glass window and can communicate with the patient through an intercom.
How to prepare for the exam.
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Remove all jewelry
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