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CT Scanning Provides Detailed Views Of Soft Tissue, Blood Vessels And Bones
Unlike traditional X-rays, CT scanning offers detailed views of soft tissue and blood vessels in addition to bones. Use of a CT scan may eliminate the need for invasive exploratory surgery and surgical biopsy.
A CT scan can be used to study all parts of your body. During the test, you will lie on a table that moves through the scanner, while pictures are taken. You will be instructed when to hold your breath.
An iodine (dye) contrast material is often used to make structures and organs easier to see on the CT pictures. This contrast material may be put into a vein (IV) in your arm. The contrast material may be used to check blood flow, find tumors, and help diagnose other problems.
A Barium Sulfate (dye) contrast material is often used to make the stomach and intestinal tract easier to see. The patient drinks this contrast.
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