CT (CAT Scan)
A CT scan is a painless procedure used to produce images from inside the human body. Images taken are viewed as a cross-section and any type of human tissue can be viewed. The time to complete the scan varies and can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes.
The scan provides greater detail than a regular x-ray picture and can help more accurately diagnose a potential problem. A variety of problems can be diagnosed including vascular, skeletal, and respiratory problems. CT scans are also highly effective ways to diagnose cancer because they are able to determine the exact size and location of the tumor. It is also effective because the scan is able to image bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels all at the same time.
With the use of a CT scan, a greater variety of treatment options can be explored by doctor and patient and the most effective treatment can be provided. Diagnosis by CT scan may eliminate the need for any type of surgery or biopsy.