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A CT scan, also known as computerized tomography, is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat and organs. This type of screening can help diagnose tumors, investigate internal bleeding and check for infection or other problems and diseases.
Computed tomography (CT) scanner.
A CT scanner is an open, doughnut-shaped ring through which a table passes. Patients are positioned comfortably in a variety of ways, depending upon the area of imaging interest. The patient lies still on a flat surface as the scanner rotates and the table moves through the doughnut. The X-ray information is sent to a computer that interprets the scan and displays it in two-dimensional form on a monitor. Often, an entire scan can be done while the patient holds his or her breath for only one inhalation and exhalation.
Your doctor may order a contrast option, which is a dye or fluid that helps display the area clearly. A technologist will be available to the patient at all times during the visit to answer questions and provide comfort.
Computed Tomography Scans Available at Sharp HealthCare
Sharp has CT scanners throughout San Diego, including the most advanced 64-slice CT scanners. CT scans are used for many types of diagnostic procedures, including but not limited to:
Sharp's experienced team of radiologists, radiographers and additional staff work together to give patients a five-star experience with timely scheduling, the latest imaging techniques and prompt reporting of results.
CT scanning is available at:
For More Information
To learn more about Sharp's computerized tomography services or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego radiologist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about computerized tomography, visit Radiology in Adult Health or read the Radiology News archive.