If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and your podiatrist cannot determine the cause through a physical examination, you may need a computerized axial tomography scan or CAT scan. (This test is also called a computer tomography or CT scan.) Need or CAT scans
Some conditions that a CAT scan may diagnose include:
- Arch deformities
- Arthritis, both degenerative and rheumatoid.
- Bone tumors.
- Flat feet.
- Other foot and bone deformities.
- Foreign bodies.
- Fractures, including stress fractures.
- Osteonecrosis (bone death).
- Overview of CAT scans
A CAT Scan Restrictions:
The amount of radiation that you are exposed to during a CAT scan is minimal, so typically there are no restrictions for having this exam. However, if you are pregnant, especially in your first trimester, it is not recommended that you undergo a CAT scan due to potential adverse effects on the fetus.