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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Tomografía computarizada

Computerized tomography (kum-PYOO-teh-RIZED toh-MAH-gruh-fee)
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 CAT scan, computed tomography scan, computerized axial tomography scan, and CT scan.



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.