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CT ScanNers for Dummies – A Basic Overview of the CT Scanner

The computed tomography (CT) procedure was introduced in the early 1970s. Since then, it has advanced rapidly and become the imaging exam of choice. The CT scanner allows for thin cross-sectional views of body organs and tissues, using non-invasive radiographic techniques. Since the computerized image is sharp, focused, and three-dimensional, many tissues can be better distinguished via CT scans than on standard x-ray systems.

CT scans, also known as computerized axial tomography or CAT scans, are done through the use of a 360-degree x-ray beam and computerized production of images. They can utilize a number of imaged slices to reconstruct the tomographic plane of the patient (the part of the patient that was scanned). These images are then used for diagnostic purposes.

CT applications include detecting a wide range of abnormalities or diseases in any part of the body such as cancer, trauma, infection, inflammation, calcium scoring, pneumonia, tuberculosis, angiography, stroke, bone fracture, sinusitis, spinal column damage, and much more.

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