What are Neck CT Scans?

Neck CT scans check the soft tissues of the neck, including the muscles, throat, tonsils, adenoids, airways, thyroid, and other glands. The blood vessels and upper spinal cord are also seen.

When a CT of the neck is taken, the spine, airway, carotid vessels and other vasculature as well as salivary and thyroid glands are also included for doctors to view. In many cases, the jaw bone, mouth and tongue, pharynx and larynx, including the vocal cords, are shown.

Doctors frequently order a neck CT to evaluate parotid or submandibular gland lesions or infections, head and neck diseases, various abscesses or masses, even foreign bodies that are lodged in the neck or upper airway. CT scans of the neck many times also reveal tumors or infections involving the vocal cords.

Neck CT exams are often used to study a lump or mass or to look for enlarged lymph nodes or glands in the neck.

Neck CT scan

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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