CT scans (computed tomography scans) produce detailed, cross-sectional images of the inside of the body. They are quick, noninvasive and painless, and radiologists can typically provide results in one or two days.
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 CT scans 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
- Planning for surgery or external beam radiation therapy
- Measuring a tumor’s response to treatment
- Monitoring a patient for recurrent cancer or monitoring a high-risk person as part of an early detection program
While CT scans play a crucial role in the diagnostic process, they can only identify unusual growths within the body; they cannot determine if that growth is cancerous. If a patient’s CT scan results indicate anything unusual, additional testing can then be performed.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, a complete range of diagnostic services – from CT scans and other imaging techniques to biopsies and labwork – are all provided in a single convenient location. Our Imaging Services Program offers the latest technologies in cancer screening, diagnosis, intervention and surveillance, and our radiologists have the highest possible expertise in cancer detection.
To learn more about CT scans or our other diagnostic technologies, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form. No referral is necessary to seek treatment at Moffitt.