CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. CT imaging combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams.

East Alabama Medical Center has state-of-the-art CT scanners, including a 64-slice CT scanner that can provide scans of the heart, making the diagnosis of some heart conditions much less invasive than with other methods. For more information, call Auburn Diagnostic Imaging at 334-826-2500, or the EAMC Radiology department at (334) 528-1155.