CAT scan


CAT scanning noun

Examples of CAT scan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doctors reportedly detected in the musician's CAT scan a bleeding artery in one of his lungs. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 The track also brought a lot of diagnostic equipment online including an CAT scan, MRI and nuclear scan. C.l. Brown, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2023 Later that evening, Thomas took Robinson to a hospital for a CAT scan. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2021 The puzzling intractability had triggered a soup-to-nuts workup: abdominal CAT scan, diagnostic testing for stool pathogens and a lab workup that measured everything but copper levels. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2020 Asha demanded a CAT scan. Juhi Varma, Chron, 26 Oct. 2020 Perugi worked at the hospital from 1984 to 2002 as a lead CAT scan technologist and IT tax administrator and is sad to see the building go. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 11 Feb. 2023 Minkin adds that if a patient, like Stone, is experiencing severe pain and seeking medical care, their healthcare provider should be doing a physical exam or radiology procedures, like an ultrasound or CAT scan, to evaluate for abnormalities. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2022 Following a CAT scan and more tests, a biopsy of his liver discovered a malignant tumor that had spread to his colon. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2022 See More

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Word History


computerized axial tomography

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of CAT scan was in 1975

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“CAT scan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

CAT scan

: a three-dimensional image of a body part made by a computer from a series of cross-sectional images that are formed by exposure to radiation (as X-rays)

CAT from computerized axial tomography

Medical Definition

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