A shoulder computed tomography (CT) scan creates cross-sectional images of the shoulder using specialized X-ray cameras. A shoulder CT scan can help doctors see the bones and soft tissues in the shoulder in order to detect abnormalities. The CT scan may also help identify tumours and blood clots. The most common reason a shoulder CT scan is performed is to evaluate the shoulder after an injury. 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.
The most common reason a shoulder CT scan is performed is to evaluate the shoulder after an injury, such as to assess a fracture more clearly or to identify a suspected fracture. This could be a one-time injury or a recurring one, such as the shoulder repeatedly popping out of its socket or dislocating. Your doctor may use a shoulder CT scan to:
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 dayFor 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 dayFACILITATOR: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 dayFor 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
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.
A CT Left Shoulder scan 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.