Diagnosing injuries, diseases and conditions would be nearly impossible today without the range of methods available to look inside the human body. This guide explains the different techniques, how they work, and what to expect if one of them is ordered for you.
Computed tomography scans, or CT scans, combine X-rays with a computer’s assistance to create cross-sectional images showing more than standard X-rays. Use this section of the guide to learn how CT scans work, why they are used and what to expect during a CT scan.
- CT scans help doctors see the body’s internal organs, such as the brain. The scans help diagnose tumors, lesions and other problems with an organ’s structure.
For an overview of CT scans …
The National Cancer Institute
answers common questions about how CT scans work and what a person can expect during the exam. Though the page also discusses tumors and cancer, the information about CT is applicable to anyone.
For the types of CT scans…
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