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Imaging and Radiology

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

CT scans (computed tomography scans) at the hospitals of Methodist Health System

What is a CT scan?

The CT scan or CAT scan uses special equipment to take X-ray images of the body from many different angles. All of the images are sent to a computer, where they are combined into a single, detailed image. CT images show several types of tissue very clearly, including organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. A CT scan can also reveal bleeding and vasculature (the arrangement of blood vessels in the body).

Who needs a CT scan?

A  CT scan  may be recommended when an illness or injury calls for imaging the whole body, abdomen, chest, head, or spine. A CT scan is used often to diagnose cancer throughout the body, as well as diseases that affect organs in the lower digestive tract, such as the intestines and colon.

Where is this test performed?

CT scans are performed by the order of a physician at:

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Methodist Richardson Medical Center

The topics and content presented in the animations were provided by an independent source and were not created, edited, or the accuracy confirmed by Methodist in any manner. They are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to be a substitute for medical advice and information provided by your health care provider. Any decision you make regarding your health care options should be made after consulting a qualified physician.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, or any other affiliated institution.

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