- a specialized x-ray instrument that displays computerized cross-sectional images of the body, providing a noninvasive means of visualizing the brain, lungs, liver, spleen, and other soft tissue.
Also called CT scanner.
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- former name for CT scanner
Word Origin for CAT scanner
C20: (C) omputerized (A) xial (T) omography
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- A device that uses computerized axial tomography to produce cross-sectional views of an internal body structure.CT scanner
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