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Old 02-09-2006, 11:50 AM   #1
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CT Scans

Wasn't sure where to post my question so hope I can post here.When a person has a CT Scan of one Organ will all of the body show up on the scan?Like if you have a scan of your spine will the Stomach,Heart,Lungs etc show up?

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Old 02-09-2006, 01:01 PM   #2
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Re: CT Scans

A ct scan takes a virtual slice of your body, generally in the horizontal plane. So yes, a ct scan ordered to look at bony structures in one area of the body will also show soft tissue structures in that area. The key words being "in that area." A ct scan of the head will show the skull and brain, but not the neck or anything farther down. A ct of the chest will not show the intestines. Also, adjustments may be made to show the structures that are desired clearly, which may decrease the visibility of other types of structures.

Old 02-09-2006, 02:39 PM   #3
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Re: CT Scans

Thank you Kehorner..So if I had a CT scan of my lower Lumbar(L1-L3)Spine my lower body Kidney's,Female Organs,Intestines would be visible?

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