A computed tomography (CT) scan uses a series of cross-sectional X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside of the body. The layered images provide a three-dimensional view of the area being imaged. The CT scan takes several minutes to complete.
In podiatry, a CT scan is usually relied upon to provide more detail than an x-ray for the intricate complex of bones and soft tissues in the foot and ankle. These images can help a foot doctor make a clear diagnosis when there is a fracture, bone growth, or joint deformity, leading to more effective treatment and recovery