computed tomography


Definition of computed tomography

: radiography in which a three-dimensional image of a body structure is constructed by computer from a series of plane cross-sectional images made along an axis

called also computed axial tomography, computerized axial tomography, computerized tomography

Examples of computed tomography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some checkpoints are equipped with computed tomography scanners designed to speed travelers through screening. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 Coronary artery calcification as a marker of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis detected by computed tomography can provide prognostic information when added to classical CV risk factors. Christos Varounis, Scientific American, 3 Nov. 2021 The problem is that meridians and qi do not show up on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), or any other sort of modern medical equipment. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, 20 Oct. 2021 These issues, among many others, can be addressed with industrial X-ray and computed tomography (CT) solutions, combined with cutting-edge software and AI capabilities. Arungalai Anbarasu, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 At six months, 353 study participants received a chest computed tomography (CT) scan, with 52.7% showing lung abnormalities. Julie Washington, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021 Together, the international team was able to reconstruct the assault using X-ray computed tomography (CT), which allowed experts to see and map the person’s wounds, per Live Science. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2021 The scientists visually inspected the bones and used radiographs and computed tomography scans. Katie Hunt, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 Shah said that a high resolution computed tomography in patients who tested negative later revealed that the infection had spread to the lungs. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of computed tomography

1974, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of computed tomography

: a method of producing a three-dimensional image of an internal body structure by computerized combination of two-dimensional cross-sectional X-ray images abbreviation CT

called also computed axial tomography, computerized axial tomography, computerized tomography

— see ct colonography, ct scan

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