A detailed Guide to Contrast-Enhanced CT Scan or CECT Scan
Has your doctor recommended that you get a CECT Scan done? Most people who are asked to get a CECT Scan done are not aware what it is. Do not worry. We will explain what a CECT Scan is in this article but most importantly also help you select the right lab for you. What’s more, we will also get you the lowest CECT Scan cost at your chosen lab.
Below we have mentioned some commonly recommended CECT Scan Cost in various Indian Cities. You can click the link in the table and book your CECT Scan online. Or you can book your CECT scan for anybody part through our Online Booking Portal For CT Scan with Contrast or Call us at 09811166231.
Many other CECT Scans are covered in the later part of the article.
Here below we have answered some majorly asked questions by our customers. It will help you to clear all your relevant doubts. Let us know in the comment section below if this article helps you.
The topics covered in the article are:
- What is the full form of CECT?
- What is a CECT Scan and how it is different from a normal CT scan?
- Which body parts are mostly recommended for CECT Scans by doctors?
- Is there any preparation required for a CECT Scan?
- How is a CECT Scan performed?
- Are there any risk factors for CECT?
- What can be expected from a CECT Scan report?
- How much does a CECT Scan cost in India?
- What are the related tests?
What is the full form of CECT?
CECT stands for Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography also called as CT Scan with contrast.
It was previously known as Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT); Computer-Assisted Tomography (CAT); Computerized Tomographic Imaging; Reconstructive Tomography (RT).
What is a CECT Scan and how it is different from a normal CT scan?
CECT (contrast-enhanced computed tomography) is an imaging diagnostic method that helps your doctor to take a clearer and closer view of your internal organs and soft tissues in the body.
CT (Computed Tomography) Scan is a procedure that measures the amount of energy absorbed by a tissue during a CT Scan procedure. A CT Scan machine is a doughnut-shaped circular machine that emits beams of radiation that pass through the patient’s affected body part. The machine also has an attached set of X-ray detectors or special cameras that capture detailed images while revolving around the patients lying in the tubular CT Scan machine. A normal CT Scan doesn’t involve any use of contrast agents during the process.
Contrast-Enhanced (CE) implies the use of contrast agents during a CT Scan examination to highlight specific tissues and parts of the body. A contrast agent is a type of nuclear medicine that reflects radiation while flowing in the bloodstream.
- Nuclear medicines used during CT Scans are Iodine, Gastrografin, and Barium.
- It can be also called as Radioactive Agent, Radioactive Dye or Radiopharmaceutical.
- It can be transferred into the patient’s body in 3 different ways- through a vein (an intravenous injection), orally (through the mouth) or rectally (through the rectum).
Contrast agents are used in CT Angiography.
Which body parts are mostly recommended for CECT Scans by doctors?
CECT Whole Abdomen
CT scan whole abdomen is done as a combination of CT upper abdomen and CT lower abdomen scans. It is called as CECT Abdomen if it involves the use of a contrast agent during the process.
CECT Whole Abdomen includes the imaging of whole abdominal cavity starting from the thoracic diaphragm to the pelvic groin. During the procedure, a small dosage of a contrast agent is injected or given orally that improves the visualization of organs in the reproductive system, intestinal system, digestive system, excretory system and all the other organs. A CECT scan also helps to track the blood supply to the organs.
An abdominal CECT is typically used to help diagnose the cause of abdominal pain and diseases such as:
- cancer or tumor,
- appendicitis (condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed),
- diverticulitis (infection in the digestive tract),
- conditions affecting kidney and gallbladder,
- abscesses and inflammations,
- vascular disorders.
Your doctor may also ask for a CT scan abdomen to administer future treatments, guided biopsies, and other medical procedures.
CECT Upper Abdomen
Generally, a doctor recommends for a normal CT Scan of the Upper Abdomen organs. If the results provide no clear indications, your doctor will ask you to go through a CECT scan of the Upper Abdomen. A CT scan with Contrast helps to determine an early diagnosis by showing a better view of the internal organs. It helps in detecting signs of any injury or disease of the liver, infection or inflammation of spleen, kidneys, stomach, bladder, intestines, pancreas, and adrenal glands. CECT scan also helps to get a clearer view of blood vessels and lymph nodes in the abdomen. It is generally ordered to point:
- Gallbladder Disease,
- Kidney Conditions,
- Liver Disease,
- Intestinal Disorders,
- Other misguided diseases.
CECT Lower Abdomen
Our lower abdomen and pelvis includes the digestive organs as well as the endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems. Contrast-enhanced CT Scan Lower Abdomen or Pelvis is an imaging procedure done to diagnose and detect diseases in the small bowel, colon, and other internal organs. It is often recommended when your doctor cannot describe the actual reason for your unexplained pain in the lower abdominal area. Human pelvis area also includes the prostate, bladder and other female and male reproductive organs, lymph nodes, and pelvic bones. Typically, a CECT scan Lower Abdomen is to detect:
- Masses or tumors, including cancer
- The cause of pelvic pain
- Injury to the pelvis
Most of the medical centers examine CECT Lower Abdomen as a combination of the lower abdomen and pelvis regions.
Your doctor will recommend a CT Scan with contrast or CECT (Contrast Enhanced Computed Tomography) Scan for your chest when they will need to see better images of certain areas of lungs to determine the potential disease. This scan mainly concentrates on lungs and other related disorders. It can diagnose lung cancer at early stages and detect blood clots or other internal injuries that are often not visible on a normal CT Scan Chest.
During the procedure, a radioactive substance will be given to the patient either orally or through injection prior the test. The nuclear medicine will be absorbed by the body and will interact during the scanning to produce vivid images of the lungs, heart, esophagus, or major arteries.
CECT brain is also known as CECT Scan Head. IT is done to find various disorder or conditions in the brain of the patient. It is mainly done to determine:
- the cause sudden paralysis, sudden vision impairment, frequent loss of consciousness, strokes or unexplained continuous headaches,
- a brain injury,
- a brain tumor,
- an aneurysm,
- an internal bleeding,
- issues in the middle ear bones or auditory nerve.
Is there any preparation required for a CECT Scan?
A normal CT Scan has basic required preparations. And a CT Scan with contrast has different basic and important needs during the process that is expected to be followed by the patient. It includes:
- Not to drink or eat anything for an hour to several hours prior the scan,
- Make sure you do not go for more than one CT contrast study within a span of 48 hours,
- Get a kidney function test done before your CECT Scan,
- Preferably consume clear liquids before a night before your scan,
- Wear simple and loose clothes during the scan, without any embellishments, snaps or metallic ornaments.
Your doctor may ask you to wait for sometime after giving a small dosage of nuclear medicine. As the contrast agent may need some time to absorb into the body.
Consult your doctor before the exam and clear all your doubts related to the scan.
How a CECT Scan is performed?
A small and sterilized needle is injected into a vein in the hand or arm by your radiologist and it will be held in place with tape or a strap. Once the needle is inserted the vein, it is flushed with saline solution. Then the contrast agent is injected into the same capsulated syringe. Once the contrast agent enters into your body it circulates through the heart and passes into the arteries. It transfers to the affected body part through the small blood capillaries.
The patient is asked to lie on the examining table that will slide inside and out of the CT scan machine during the process. The contrast agent will enhance the visibility of the flowing blood in the vessels under the X-ray beams. A set of detailed 2 D images will be acquired.
The kidneys and liver eliminate the contrast from the blood.
Click on the link if you want to read about CT Scan → A Guide to CT Scan
Are there any risk factors for CECT?
There are some concerning risks of CECT examination but the benefits of using iodine contrast typically outweigh the risks. The risks can be:
- allergy to the patients who have diabetes, asthma, a heart condition, kidney problems, or thyroid conditions
- a warm and metallic sensation while injecting the iodine, which usually lasts less than a minute or so.
- There can be other visible reactions of medicine such as itching, rashes or bumps on the skin. This type of reaction is usually treated with medication.
- There are symptoms of breathing difficulty, swelling of the throat, or swelling of other body parts.
- Often patients have stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or constipation
What can be expected from a CECT Scan Report?
Generally, the results are available in a day or two after your scan. And your concerned doctor is in the right position to interpret your results.
A Contrast Enhanced report gives a more intense information of the affected part of the body.
- It gives a sharp view of the soft tissues and internal organs,
- The image will be in black and white. The brighter spots will show the blood flow to the organ,
How much does a CECT Scan cost in India?
We provide an array of Contrast Enhanced CT scans in India. Doctors often ask for a combination of different body parts for your CECT Scan. The below price list shows the lowest cost offered by LabsAdvisor for different CT Scans with contrast in different cities of India.