CT of the Neck

What is a computed tomography (CT) scan of the neck?

A computed tomography (CT) scan is a noninvasive exam that, compared with a standard X-ray, provides enhanced clarity and detail. CT of the neck examines the area from the top of your lungs to the base of your skull.

Why has my physician ordered this exam?

Your physician may call for this exam to help determine the presence and extent of a variety of conditions affecting your neck’s glands, lymph nodes, or soft tissue. Some of those conditions are:

  • Abscess
  • Cancer
  • Infection
  • Lesion
  • Tumor

In many cases, to help ensure accurate evaluation, IV iodinated contrast media may be a necessary part of the test.

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