What are Chest (Thorax) CT Scans?

Chest (thorax) CT scans of the chest can look for problems with the heart, lungs, esophagus, the aorta, or even many of the tissues in the chest. It can also includes parts of the upper abdomen and can pick up abnormalities of the liver, spleen and stomach.

CT scans of the chest often help find or identify common chest problems including infections, lung cancer, pulmonary embolisms, and aneurysms. CT scan are also ordered by doctors to look for enlarged lymph nodes or can be used to see if abnormalities have spread into the chest from another area of the body.

A CT scan of the chest is frequently used to further study or look more carefully at an abnormality on a regular chest x-ray, such as getting a better look at a lung nodule or to evaluate pneumonia or other lung diseases such as emphysema.

Chest CT scans can also be ordered after a mammogram exam. Some chest CT scans are tailored to look for heart disease, aneurysms of the aorta or pulmonary emboli.

If you've been in an accident, a chest CT scan can detect air leaks (pneumothorax), fractures of the bones in the chest such as ribs or even internal bleeding.

CT scans of the chest may also be used by doctors to visualize the placement of needles during a biopsy of thoracic organs or tumors, or to help guide the withdrawal of fluid from the chest. They can be extremely useful in monitoring conditions of the chest before and after treatment.



There are many other types of CT scans. Click any of the ones listed below to find out more:

Abdominal or Abdomen CT scans
Adrenal Gland CT scans
Arm CT scans
Bile Duct CT scans
Brain CT scans
Chest (thorax) CT scans
Gallbladder CT scans
Head CT scans
Leg CT scans
Liver CT scans
Neck CT scans
Pancreas CT scans
Pelvis CT scans
Sinus CT scans
Spine CT scans
Spleen CT scans
Urinary tract CT scans







GOOD SOURCES FOR FURTHER READING: Dictionary of Medical Terms, 4th Edition, from A&C Black Publishers Ltd., Grey's Anatomy, The Classic Collector's Edition, by Henry Gray, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Second Edition by Mayo Clinic, Howard Gallager, Mayo Foundation, Women's Health, Men's Health and Health for Seniors all by Professor Peter Abrahams, the National Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Radiology.





Doctors say this head CT scan reveals normal brain.


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