A CT scan — also called a CAT scan — helps your doctor and radiologist take a closer look at your child's internal organs, bony anatomy, blood vessels and soft tissues. It offers much more detail than a general x-ray.
CTs are ordered for many reasons. Typical conditions or symptoms that the test can help evaluate include:
CT scans use a combination of x-rays (radiation) and computer technology. Cross-sectional imaging takes many pictures very quickly. Exactly how each CT is performed is tailored to your child's weight and age, and which body part is being imaged. All of our equipment and protocols provide the least amount of radiation necessary. Learn more about how we are committed to reducing radiation doses in children.