CT - DORSAL SPINE

CT - DORSAL SPINE

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CT - DORSAL SPINE How does CT work? CT uses X-rays to perform its work. These X-rays come from an X-ray tube which is placed inside a square machine called the gantry. The part of your body to be scanned goes inside a hole in this gantry. Why is CT such a good modality? Ordinary X-ray pictures are one-dimensional representations of body parts but CT allows us to section the body to view its inner parts. Thus, the skull X-ray only shows us the outer part, whereas CT shows us the inner parts of the brain. Where is CT useful? All parts of the body can be scanned with CT. For each part, there are specific indications or reasons for scanning. Your referring doctor and the consultant radiologist are the best judges of the usefulness of CT scanning in a specific situation and areas. Are there any dangers of CT scanning? Though X-rays involve radiation, there are no dangers, in practice. In women who are pregnant, however, CT scanning should be done after weighing all the risks. What is the injection that I may receive? Majority of the patients will be injected with a "dye" which enhances the ability of CT scans to pick up abnormalities. This is routine. The dye used is a non-ionic contrast medium, which is much safer than the routine, cheaper, ionic dyes. Are there any complications because of the "dye"? 0.5% of patients may get nausea and redness of the skin. Though severe reactions are known, these are very rare and uncommon.


Why is CT - DORSAL SPINE done ?

The most common reason for a spinal CT scan is to check for injuries after an accident. The exam can help your doctor accurately diagnose potential injuries to this specific area of your spinal column. However, your doctor may also order the test to investigate:

  • Herniated disks, which are the most common cause of back pain
  • Birth defects of the cervical spine in children
  • Tumors that may have started in the spine or somewhere else in the body
  • Broken bones or areas of potential instability
  • Infections involving the cervical spine

CT - DORSAL SPINE Instructions

CCO:
Ask for the status of pregnancy in a female patient.No food intake 6 hrs prior to CT SCAN. Only liquids can be taken untill CT SCAN is done.. All the regular medications can be taken with sips of water. Ask for any history of claustrophobia.

SLAs:
For CT test scheduled before 8 AM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same day
For CT test scheduled after 8 AM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day

FACILITATOR:
Confirm the compliance of preparations required. Ask the patient to wear comfortable clothes free of metals, zippers, hooks.

SLAs:
For CT test scheduled before 8 AM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same day
For CT test scheduled after 8 AM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day

Why is CT - DORSAL SPINE ?

A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) uses computers and rotating X-ray machines to create cross-sectional images of the body. These images provide more detailed information than normal X-ray images. They can show the soft tissues, blood vessels and bones in various parts of the body. A CT scan may be used to visualize the head, shoulders, spine, heart, abdomen, knee and chest. During a CT scan, you lie in a tunnel-like machine while the inside of the machine rotates and takes a series of X-rays from different angles. These pictures are then sent to a computer, where they�re combined to create images of slices or cross-sections of the body. They may also be combined to produce a 3-D image of a particular area of the body.

A Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of :

  • CT Spine scan or dorsal spine is a diagnostic imaging test used to help diagnose or rule out spinal column damage in injured patients. CT scanning is fast, painless, non-invasive and accurate. In emergency cases, it can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.

A CT Spine can be performed with or without CONTRAST dye. This CONTRAST material helps your doctor analyze and identify important vessels and structures, and makes it possible to identify abnormalities that cannot be seen without the dye.