The process of taking a CT of the breast begins by taking many different X-ray views at various different angles, which are then combined with the use of computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissue inside of your body, including tissues inside of solid organ.
Reasons for a Breast CT scan:
CT scans are used for a multitude of reasons. They may be done to check for certain cancers in various different ways including to detect abnormal tumors, growths or lumps. They also identify the location of tumors, the stage of cancer, and where to perform a biopsy.
A breast CT scan can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. They are important in planning for certain types of therapy and surgery, as well as in the aftermath to determine whether the patient’s body is responding to treatment.
CT scans can be used to detect cysts or infections in the body. They can also identify the bone structures within the body and can accurately measure the density of bone.
A CT scan is often used to quickly inspect a patient after an accident in order to identify traumatic internal injuries.
A Breast CT scan may help diagnose (find):
CT scans of the breast are not used routinely to evaluate the breast.
CT scans of the breast may be requested if the patient has a large tumor in the breast. It may assist in deciding whether or not the cancer can be removed with mastectomy.
ABOVE: CT of chest and breasts.
ABOVE: This is a traditional mammogram. While it is taken as an xray, it differs from a CT or CAT scan view.
ABOVE: This CT shows the breasts at the top of the image.
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