Share this entry

tomography Line breaks: tom|og¦raphy
Pronunciation: /təˈmɒɡrəfi/

Definition of tomography in English:


[mass noun]
A technique for displaying a representation of a cross section through a human body or other solid object using X-rays or ultrasound.
Example sentences
  • We used plain radiography or computed tomography to diagnose pneumonia.
  • The diagnosis may be confirmed with plain radiography, computed tomography, or endoscopy.
  • They can be treated by percutaneous drainage guided by ultrasonography or computed tomography if the pancreatic injury was minor.


1930s: from Greek tomos 'slice, section' + -graphy.



Example sentences
  • Abdominal ultrasonography or computed tomographic scanning with contrast medium is appropriate when organomegaly is present.
  • Two and a half months later, a computed tomographic scan showed multifocal nodules with ill-defined margins in both lungs.
  • While in radiology, a computed tomographic scan-guided needle biopsy of a tumor nodule in the bony pelvis was conducted.


Example sentences
  • The reason for the redundancy, of course, is that one dimension is already taken out by the field equations, so that boundary data can be used to tomographically reconstruct the system inside.
  • A rapid change in the shape of tracheal shadow with sharp angle was also shown tomographically.
  • The distinctive feature of the present approach with respect to other works is that we use tomographically reconstructed evolutions of total radiated power from a bolometer array.

Definition of tomography in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fôrˈtisəˌmō
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly