CT scans (computed tomography scans) produce detailed, cross-sectional images of the inside of the body.
They are quick, noninvasive and painless.
During a CT scan, an X-ray beam is directed at the patient and rotated around the body. A computer then generates “slice”-shaped images that depict organs, bones, soft tissues and other internal structures.
Images produced by the CT scan are more detailed than images produced by traditional X-rays. As a result, they are widely used for several purposes, including:
- Identifying tumors or early-stage lesions that could potentially be cancerous
- Determining the size and stage of a cancerous tumor
- Identifying calcification of the coronary arteries which is associated with heart disease
While CT scans play a crucial role in the cancer screening process, they can identify unusual growths within the body; they cannot determine if that growth is cancerous. If a client’s CT scan results indicate anything unusual, additional testing can then be preformed. In the case of heart disease, calcification of the coronary arteries is an accepted indication of heart disease.