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Scans & Tests


CT Scan of the Abdomen and Pelvis: With and Without Contrast

This article explains what the abdominal/pelvic CT procedure is, why it may be done, and what the doctor may be looking for. Three videos are included to demonstrate what the images may look like.


What Is the Contrast Dye Used in CT Scans (and How Does It Work)?

CT contrast (also known as contrast dye) is used to better visualize blood vessels and internal organs on a CT scan. How does it work? And, are there any side effects or risks?


What to Expect When You Are Scheduled for a CT Scan

Knowing what to expect during your CT scan (aka CAT scan) can help reduce any anxiety you may have. This article explains everything that will happen before, during, and after the procedure.


Using the Frozen Section Procedure to Diagnose Carcinoma

In this article, I discuss how skin cancers are being diagnosed and treated through a process known as the frozen section. The surgeon and lab technicians cooperate to remove 100% of the patient's skin cancer.


Dilation of the Eye: Everything You Need to Know

Dilation of the eye is a standard test conducted during an eye exam. It involves using eye drops to open the iris, which usually lasts for several hours. Here are some tips on what to do until it wears off.


Definition of Cycloplegic Refraction

Cycloplegic refractions are frequently performed prior to surgical procedures. This article explains exactly what a cycloplegic refraction is and offers tips on how to get through it.


Three Different Types of Knee X-Rays (With Photos)

Struggling to make sense of a knee X-ray? Understanding the features of a normal knee X-ray can help you identify any problems you are having. Includes multiple knee X-ray views.