CT - STERNO CLAVICULAR JOINTS

CT - STERNO CLAVICULAR JOINTS

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CT - STERNO CLAVICULAR JOINTSHow 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 - STERNO CLAVICULAR JOINTS done ?

A CT scan of the bones may be performed to assess bones, soft tissues, and joints for damage, lesions, fractures, or other abnormalities, particularly when another type of examination, such as X-rays or physical examination are not conclusive. There may be other reasons for your doctor to recommend a CT scan of the bones, joints, or soft tissues.

CT - STERNO CLAVICULAR JOINTS 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 - STERNO CLAVICULAR JOINTS ?

CT Sternoclavicular joint is a synovial joint that connects the axial skeleton and the upper extremity and is involved in the movement of the upper extremities. The major components of the sternoclavicular joint include the anterior sternoclavicular ligament, interclavicular ligament, costoclavicular ligament, articular disk and articular cavities. Computed tomography (CT) is the modality of choice to evaluate anatomic detail as well as pathologic conditions of the sternum, sternoclavicular joints and adjacent soft tissues. CT allows differentiation of the cortex from the medulla; depicts normal spiculations and pits, among other variants and allows normal variants to be differentiated from pathologic abnormalities.