CT Head is a useful tool for the assessment of trauma, headache, and sinusitis. It can also serve as an alternative in cases where patients cannot undergo MRI scans due to metallic implants or pacemakers.
Similarly, CT of the Neck evaluates soft tissue structures of the neck, including the orbits through the top of the lungs for the assessment of the glands and lymph nodes of the neck region. CT Spine including scans of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions is conducted to assess injury to the vertebral column and post surgery.
CT scan of the extremities is performed for trauma or fracture evaluation. Joint injuries can be assessed by using CT in tandem with arthrograms.
What preparation is required?
● No consumption of solid food 4 hours prior to the test
● No restriction on water intake
● An oral contrast is administered 2-3 hours prior to the scan, except for CT Stone protocol
What should I expect during the scan?
● Any metal infringements in the scanning area need to be removed
● Removable dental implants may need to be removed
● After conducting a sensitivity test, a technologist will administer the iodinated contrast via an IV
● You may be asked to place your hands above your head
● You will be required to hold your breath for 10-20 seconds while the images are captured
● The test usually lasts 15 minutes