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Computed Tomography (CT)

Explore the risks and benefits of computed tomography (CT) scanning, also called computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanning, a medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays to show cross-sectional images of the body.

Review Date: October 24, 2014

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

CDC Vitalsigns: HIV Testing in the US

An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the US and as many as 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected. Ask your doctor for an HIV test and find out your status.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Common Screening and Diagnostic Tests for Women

Screening and diagnostic tests can help doctors identify or rule out a health condition a patient has. This chart lists diagnostic tests that your doctor might order for you.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

Office on Women's Health

Computed Tomography (CT): Questions and Answers

This fact sheet describes the CT scan procedure and its uses in diagnostics and treatment.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Follow-up Care: Questions and Answers

This fact sheet provides information about follow-up medical care for patients who have completed cancer treatment.

Review Date: March 01, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Interpreting Laboratory Test Results

Learn how laboratory tests are used to identify and diagnose possible changes in a person’s health.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

RadiologyInfo.org

Find out how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. Learn about patient safety, what you may experience, and how to prepare for exams.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

American College of Radiology

The Evolution of HIV Testing (Podcast)

This podcast reports that too many people have never been tested for HIV. The only way to find out if you have it is to have an HIV test.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What Is Cardiac CT?

Cardiac computed tomography, or cardiac CT, is a painless test that uses an x-ray machine to take clear, detailed pictures of your heart. The publication links to more information, including what to expect before, during, and after cardiac CT.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

When You Discover a Lump- (PDF)

This brief, step-by-step guide will help you to understand the steps doctors take to distinguish a benign from a cancerous lump, including diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy.

Review Date: June 27, 2012

Susan G. Komen for the Cure