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Frequently Asked Questions About CT Scan
What is a CT Scan?
The full form of CT Scan is Computed Tomography Scan. It is also known as CAT Scan (Computed Axial Tomography). CAT scan helps to visualize the internal organs with the help of X-ray beams. CT Scan provides detailed image of the body parts compared to the normal X Ray scan. It can be done on any part of the body. Your doctor may use the report of CT scan for different studies.
NCCT & CECT
The CT scan can either be a contrast enhanced CT scan (CECT) or non-contrast CT scan (NCCT).
In case of CECT, a contrast dye is injected into the body, to get a detailed image of the body parts. The contrast dye blocks the beams of X-ray and appears white in the scan. The contrast CT scan is generally done to visualize the blood vessels or intestines. In case of NCCT Scan, no special dye is used to visualize the body parts. It is a normal CT scan.
On the basis of your diagnosis, your doctor will recommend the CT scan you should take.
What are the body parts covered in a CT scan?
CT Scan is an effective tool to examine the blood vessels, bones and other soft tissues in different parts of the body. It can be done on
Why is a CT scan done?
Generally, a CT scan is done during emergencies to examine the damages as it is very quick compared to other imaging techniques. CT scan is useful to
- Detect and locate the tumor, infections, etc
- Evaluate the injuries in the internal organs
- Examine bone damages
- Detect abnormalities in blood vessels
- Plan Guided biopsy
- Monitor the success of an ongoing treatment
How to prepare for the CT scan?
CT scan requires no special preparation. You can have a normal diet and carry on your regular activities before the CT scan.
The lab technician may ask you to change into a gown given in the lab during the procedure. You are restricted to carry items with metallic contents inside the CT scan room.
In some cases, a contrast material may be used to produce more enhanced images of the body part. The contrast dye may be given orally or injected into the vein. Your doctor will ask you to fast for a certain period and may provide some special instructions if the contrast dye is used.
What is the procedure of CT scan?
CT scan is a quick and non-invasive imaging technique done to detect and diagnose various disorders in the body. The CT scan machine resembles a large tube with X ray attached to it. The lab technician will ask you to lie down on a table that slides into the CT machine.
The X Ray which is attached to the CT machine rotates around the body part to be examined clicking several images in thin slices. You may hear loud buzzing noises due to the rotation. You should remain still throughout the procedure as any movement may distort or blur the images.
The entire procedure will be monitored by a radiologist from a different room.
Generally, the entire procedure of a CT scan lasts up to 20 minutes depending on the study and the body part that is examined.
What are the risks in a CT scan?
CT scan involves limited or very few risks. As, the CT scan uses X ray beams to generate more detailed images, you will be exposed to a limited amount of radiation which is generally harmless. But if the CT scan is done on a regular basis, there is a slight risk of developing cancer overtime.
It is generally advised to avoid CT scan if you are pregnant or expected to be pregnant as the radiation may sometimes harm the fetus.
There are chances of developing allergic reactions due to the contrast dye. If you already have some kidney disorders, this may result in kidney failure. So it is very important for you to inform your doctor regarding any known allergies to contrast dye before the scan.
How long does it take to get the CT scan results?
The images captured will be stored in an electronic form. The radiologist will analyse the images and prepares the report.
Normally, the CT scan results will be available within 1 to 3 days.