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Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

CT Scans at the hospitals of Methodist Health System

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What is a CT scan?

The CT scan, or CAT scan,m 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.

A CT scan must be ordered by a physician.