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Patient passes into a CT scanner

Patient passes into a CT scanner

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CT scanning. Patient passes into a computed tomography (CT) scanner. The patient is lying on a mobile table which passes head-first through the circular scanner. CT scanning involves directing thin beams of X-rays through the patient from the rim of the scanner. The images produced by these beams are combined by a computer to produce cross-sectional "slices" through the body. CT scans produce good contrast between soft tissues and bone, and are useful in diagnosing cancerous tumours and other diseases.

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