CAT scan

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CAT Scan


Abbreviation for computerized axial tomography. A CAT scan is a specialized, nondestructive, x-ray examination that collects a sequence of cross sectional scans then uses a computer to generate a 2D or 3D dimensional image of the object. (see Tomography)

Synonyms and Related Terms

CT scanner; computerized axial tomography; tomographie (Fr.); tomodensimètrie (Fr.); Computer-Tomographie Untersuchung (Deut.)

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