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  • n  the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region
    he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars
  • n  an image produced by scanning
    he analyzed the brain scan
    you could see the tumor in the CAT scan
  • v  examine minutely or intensely
    the surgeon scanned the X-ray
  • v  examine hastily
    She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi
  • v  make a wide, sweeping search of
    The beams scanned the night sky
  • v  conform to a metrical pattern
  • v  move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image
  • v  read metrically
    scan verses
  • v  obtain data from magnetic tapes

  • A patient undergoes a CT scan.
  • The scan revealed a major blockage in one of his coronary arteries.
  • A CT scan packs a mega-dose of radiation as much as 500 times that of a conventional X-ray.
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  • Fabio Capello in Los Angeles Times
    We have to wait for the results of the scan, but it looks like he is out of the World Cup,England coach Fabio Capello said Monday. "David is a great professional and has worked very hard to be ready for the World Cup, so missing it will be...
  • Rafael Benitez in WalesOnline
    As regards Torres we will have to wait and see how serious the injury is,Benitez said. "He will have a scan. Clearly when you lose Steven Gerrard and then you lose Torres, it is always a problem. The only positive news is to have an...
  • Bert van Marwijk in
    Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk said: "He's in hospital at this moment to have a scan. And for Joris Mathijsen it's the same. Both are in the hospital for scans. Robin has an arm problem and Joris a knee problem. I don't know what it is, so that's why...

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