Computed Tomography (CT) scans are used for many types of diagnostic procedures. This advanced technology may diagnose many diseases in the early stages, when lives can be saved.
CT scans may be used to examine the head to check for bleeding, tumors, blood clots, or signs of stroke. In other parts of the body, CT scans may be used to distinguish whether a growth is solid or fluid-filled, detect ruptured disks in the spine, determine an organ’s size and shape, and evaluate many types of disease processes. Information supplied by CT scans may also be used to determine the stage of some types of cancer.