CT Scan (Computed Tomography)

Important diagnostic technology

From your head to your toes, a Computed Tomography Scan (CT scan) allows medical professionals at Cape Cod Healthcare to see your body's organs, tissues, bones and muscles. By close inspection of CT scans, several conditions can be detected, including stroke, pneumonia, trauma as the result of an accident, fractures and tumors.

A CT scan is designed differently than any other imaging technology. With its ability to give a complete overview of the body, the scan is a great tool to use as a starting point. From there, we can recommend further testing when necessary. If a clear diagnosis is determined, we can begin immediate treatment.

Making the Diagnosis 


CT units are equipped with a certain number of slice detectors. These detectors rotate and take pictures of the inside of your body. Medical professionals use computer systems to manipulate the pictures into three-dimensional detailed images, which results in a more accurate diagnosis or indication that further testing may be needed.

Cape Cod Healthcare has five separate CT Scan units. Three advanced units have four slices, or detectors, and are mainly used to detect stroke or tumors in the brain. Two additional units have 16 slices and, because of a slightly greater speed during the scan, are able to capture detailed images of the vascular system.

For more information or to schedule a CT scan at Cape Cod Healthcare, please contact your primary care physician.

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