What is a CT Scan?

Medical imaging exams, such as CT scans, have been directly linked to greater life expectancy and declining cancer death rates. Learn about the ins and outs of a CT scan: How do CT scans work? What are they used for? How much does a CT scan cost? What are the risks? Nayya is here to help.


What is a CT Scan?

A computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan is a painless process that combines x-rays and computer modeling to create a detailed, accurate image of your organs, bones, and other parts of your body. 

Radiologists use CT scans to visualize and diagnose problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, trauma, infectious diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders, among many others. 


How does it work?

CT imaging is often likened to looking into a loaf of bread by splitting it into thin slices. Several x-ray beams and electronic x-ray detectors will rotate around you to create these scans. Then, these image slices will be configured by the computer to paint a detailed, multidimensional picture of the specified body part. 


What does a CT scan cost?

Pricing of CT scans can be a complicated matter, as it varies depending on location of the imaging site, insurance coverage, and even minute things such as your provider’s bargaining power, volume of scans conducted, and clinic/hospital overhead costs. 


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Keep in Mind:

  • Depending on what parts of your body are being scanned, CT scan examinations can take from a few minutes to half an hour 

  • Tell your physician if you are pregnant. Other imaging resources such as an ultrasound may be safer.


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