CT - SPINE PLAIN

CT - SPINE PLAIN

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CT - SPINE PLAINHow 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 - SPINE PLAIN done ?

The most frequent use of spinal CT is to detect—or to rule out—spinal column damage in patients who have been injured.
CT scanning of the spine is also performed to:

  • Assess spine fractures due to injury
  • Evaluate the spine before and after surgery
  • Help diagnose spinal pain. One of the most common causes of spinal
  • Pain that may be diagnosed by CT is a herniated intervertebral disk Occasionally, this diagnosis is made using CT myelography
  • Accurately measure bone density in the spine and predict whether vertebral fractures are likely to occur in patients who are at risk of osteoporosis
  • Assess for congenital anomalies of the spine or scoliosis
  • Detect various types of tumors in the vertebral column, including those that have spread there from another area of the body. Some tumors that arise elsewhere are first identified by finding deposits of malignant cells (metastases) in the vertebrae; prostate cancer is an example
  • Guide diagnostic procedures such as the biopsy of a suspicious area to detect cancer, or the removal of fluid from a localized infection (abscess).

CT - SPINE PLAIN 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 - SPINE PLAIN ?

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 Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of :

  • CT Spine Plain creates a visual model of your cervical spine. The cervical spine is the portion of the spine that runs through the neck. Spine is divided into cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (middle back) and lumbar spine (lower back).

A CT Spine Plain 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.