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Imaging Prevention... CT scan machine

A CT scan, or CAT scan, is a radiology test known as computed tomography (or computed axial tomography). The CT scanner is a donut-shaped machine that uses advanced X-ray technology to take pictures of cross-sections of your body, called "slices."

CT can see inside the brain and other parts of the body, areas that cannot be seen on regular X-ray exams. CT makes it possible to diagnose certain diseases earlier and more accurately than with other imaging tools. Because most diseases are better treated when found early, CT scans can help save lives.

The test itself is completely painless. You will be asked to lie quietly on the CT scanner's "patient couch" during the study. Depending on the type of study being done, you may be injected with, or be asked to drink contrast material. This part of the procedure may be uncomfortable.

For more information, please visit our Locations and Hours page for contact information or download the CT Scan brochure below.


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