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Exams of the Chest
A chest computed tomography (CT) scan, is a painless, noninvasive test. It creates precise pictures of the structures in your chest, such as your lungs and heart. “Noninvasive” means that no surgery is done and no instruments are inserted into your body.
A chest CT scan is a type of x-ray. However, a CT scan’s pictures show more detail than pictures from a standard chest x-ray.
Doctors use chest CT scans to:
- Show the size, shape, and position of your lungs, heart and other structures in your chest.
- Follow up on abnormal findings from standard chest x rays.
- Find the cause of lung symptoms, such as shortness of breath or chest pain.
- Find out whether you have a lung problem, such as a tumor, excess fluid around the lungs, or a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs). The test also is used to check for other conditions, such as tuberculosis, emphysema, and pneumonia.
- Cancer screening in patients who have a long history of smoking.
The CT scan takes many pictures, called slices, of the lungs and the inside of the chest. A computer processes these pictures; they can be viewed on a screen or printed on film. The computer also can stack the pictures to create a very detailed, three-dimensional (3D) model of organs.
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