Reasons for CAT Scan

When your doctor informs you that you need the CAT Scan procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why CAT Scan is Performed

Alternate Names for CAT Scan:
Computed axial tomography
Computed tomography scan
CT scan

Reasons for test

Some of the primary uses for CT scans include:

  • Studying the chest and abdomen
  • Determining the size and location of a tumor
  • Diagnosing and treating skeletal problems
  • Diagnosing blood vessel diseases
  • Planning radiation treatments for cancer
  • Guiding biopsies and other tests
  • Planning surgery
  • Identifying injuries from trauma


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Reasons For CAT Scan
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CAT Scan Details
What to Expect
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CAT Scan Results
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