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Computed tomography


  • CAT scan, x-ray
  • computed axial tomography
  • computer assisted tomography
  • computer-assisted transaxial tomography
  • computerized transaxial tomography
  • computerized transverse axial tomography
  • CT scan
  • CTT scan
  • EMI scan
  • tomodensitometry
  • x-ray computed tomography


CT scan. A series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body taken from different angles; the pictures are created by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. Also called computerized tomography and computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan.

Definition from: Physician Data Query via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

Published: February 8, 2016