What is a CT or CAT Scan?
CT imaging is one of the fastest and most accurate tools for examining the chest, abdomen and pelvis because it provides detailed, cross-sectional views of all types of tissue.
It is also performed on patients with acute symptoms such as chest or abdominal pain or difficulty breathing. Most often it is the best method for detecting many different cancers, such as lymphoma and cancers of the lung, liver, kidney, ovary and pancreas since the image allows a physician to confirm the presence of a tumor, measure its size, identify its precise location and determine the extent of its involvement with other nearby tissue.
What is the main use of CT or CAT scan?
CT is commonly used to check patients for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung vessels) as well as for aortic aneurysms. It is also invaluable in diagnosing and treating spinal problems and injuries to the hands, feet and other skeletal structures. A CT image can clearly show even very small bones, as well as surrounding tissues such as muscle and blood vessels.