What is a CT or CAT Scan?

CT (or CAT) scans use special X-Ray equipment  that applies computer processing to synthesize many images into a cross-sectional view of body tissues and organs. By creating multiple cross-sectional images Dr.s are able to look at specific areas inside your body.  Imagine a loaf of bread and examining each “slice” separately.

What is a CT or CAT Scan Used For?

CT can be used for cancer detection, and can even determine the size and shape of a tumor, where it’s located in the body, and whether the tumor is solid or hollow. They can also be used to guide biopsy needle insertion and for radiation treatment and planning. Besides cancer detection, CT is commonly used for evaluation of post-traumatic injuries and assessment of suspected aneurysm or stroke.