CT Scan

Simplified definition

An imaging technique designed to collect detailed pictures of organs taken from different angles using X rays and a computer that builds up 3D pictures.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“An X-ray image made using a form of tomography in which a computer controls the motion of the X-ray source and detectors, processes the data, and produces the image.”

Source: Chegg. Anatomy: Scans. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 

 

Context

“A CT Scan [sic] has many uses, but it’s particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of traumas [sic].”

Source: Mayo Clinic. CT scan. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 

 

Note

  • “CT” stands for “Computerized tomography”.
  • The patient may receive contrast dye to highlight certain parts of the body.

Synonym(s)

CAT scan / CT scanner / Computerized axial tomography

Abbreviation(s)

CT

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