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How is a CT scan used to diagnose eye cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

CT scans can be used to detect melanoma, especially if it has spread to nearby (or distant) areas outside the eye. The CT scan is a form of x-ray. While a regular x-ray usually involves taking one or several pictures from a certain angle, the CT scanner moves around the body to take several images. The patient lies on a table, and may have some dye injected to increase the visibility of abnormal tissue. Spiral CT scanners have made the process even easier and more efficient.

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