CAT Scans

Sometimes a podiatrist may prescribe a computed tomography (CT) examination (also known as a “CAT scan”) to help diagnose and treat a foot or ankle problem. A CT is a kind of X-ray device that takes cross sectional images of a part of the body, giving the physician a three-dimensional image.

Common foot problems a CT exam can address include:

  • Arthritis
  • Deformities
  • Flat feet
  • Foreign bodies
  • Fractures
  • Infection
  • Tumors

CT scans are often superior to conventional X-rays because they can more accurately pinpoint a suspected problem.

Pregnant women, especially those in their first trimester, are advised against having a CT exam or any X-ray examination.

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