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Computed Axial Tomography (CT) scan, uses computers to generate a three-dimensional image from flat, two-dimensional x-ray pictures. The patient lies on a table and is centered into the CT machine. The CT machine is open on both ends and looks like a large mechanical donut. The CT machine scans the body in sections and then puts all the scans together to show a three-dimensional area of the body. Physicians use CT scans to see into the human body and to diagnose disease, internal problems or trauma.
Local donations and a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust are bringing 3D mammography to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson.
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.