Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A scan may refer to any of the following:


1. Scan is a term that describes the process of digitizing an image, allowing it to be stored on or modified by a computer. The most common method of scanning is by using an optical scanner.

2. A term used to describe the process of a software program reviewing files for one purpose or another. For example, antivirus programs scan files on your computer for viruses.

Scanner terms