If you would like to know about CT scan, and the uses of CT scan in obtaining a full body scan, the following information will be of interest to you.
Firstly, a CT scan (Computed Tomography scan) and a CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scan are the same thing.
Computed Tomography is a a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis. By this means a full body scan can be created.
A CT scanner is a large X-ray machine that has a short, open-ended tube in the middle (like a very short tunnel). The patient lies on a scanning table, which slides through the middle of the CT scanner. The CT scanner takes a series of x-ray pictures. A computer then puts these images together to make one detailed CT scan image, and thus facilitate medical diagnosis. In some cases, a contrast dye is injected into the bloodstream to help doctors get a clearer picture.
CT scans are very useful because they can show several kinds of body tissue—lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels—with great clarity. By interpreting CT scans of the body, doctors are more able to arrive at a medical diagnosis of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, infectious disease, injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.
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