CT (Computed Tomography)

Computed tomography, (CT) also known as a CT or CAT scan, is an imaging procedure that uses special X-ray equipment to create detailed pictures of areas inside the body. Unlike a typical X-ray, multiple images, also known as slices, are taken. The images then appear almost like the slices in a loaf of bread. 

An X-ray technologist, who has  special training in CT Scanning, will perform your scan and the images are then read by a radiologist, who is a doctor with special training in computed tomography. The technologists operating the CT scanners are registered with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario.

A CT scan can be done on the following areas of the body: 

  • Head/brain
  • Neck
  • Spine
  • Chest
  • Abdomen - liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, stomach and bowels
  • Pelvis - ovaries, prostate, bladder
  • Upper limbs - shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands
  • Lower limb - hips, knees, feet and ankles
  • Lung (for CT Lung Biopsies read the Patient Pamphlet here
  • Heart
  • Veins and arteries
  • 3-D reconstructions of body parts or tissues

For more information on what to expect during a CT Scan, watch the following video: