What is CAT Scan

What exactly is CAT Scan? Our medical encyclopedia can get you started in your journey to learn more about this procedure. Continue your research by choosing one of the procedure sections to the left.

CAT Scan Definition

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


A CT scan uses x-ray technology to take multiple cross-sectional views of the inside of the body. Compared to regular x-rays , a CT scan can take clearer images of organs, bone, soft tissue, blood vessels, and other areas of the body.


Learn what CAT Scan is
What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For CAT Scan
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
CAT Scan Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
CAT Scan Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
CAT Scan Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about CAT Scan
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

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