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What is a CT Scan?
Computed Tomography (CT) scan of the brain is a non-invasive diagnostic test done in a specialised centre or hospital. It consists of X-ray images taken in designated head directions, known as three-dimensional imaging. The scans provide detailed information about the concerned body part and surrounding tissues. It is a diagnostic procedure where rotating beams of X-rays are used to create cross-sectional images.
It is also one of the most reliable imaging techniques for determining any health disorder. A CT scan can reveal greater information than a typical X-ray, which is especially beneficial when a doctor examines the body’s blood arteries and soft tissues.
Why is the CT Scan done?
There are several reasons to conduct a CT scan. These include-
- To detect and diagnose chronic sinusitis or the presence of any fluid.
- To detect any infections or inflammation.
- To detect the presence of any growth or tumours.
- To plan and guide the treatment procedures if any is conducted.
- To detect conditions like Brain tumours, traumatic head or brain injuries.
- To identify a skull fracture or brain injury caused by trauma.
- To detect any internal bleeding.
Who should get the CT Scan done?
Men and women of all age groups can get this test done if recommended by a doctor to detect a problem. It should however be avoided in pregnant women as radiation will harm the unborn baby in the mother’s womb.
What precautions should I take before the CT Scan?
- Please follow the instructions suggested by your doctor.
- Inform if one is on any medications or any ongoing treatment.
- Inform the doctor if you have any history of previous surgery.
- Show your old reports, if any.
- Inform if one is pregnant/breastfeeding/menstruating.
- Inform your doctor if you are allergic to the dye.
What does the CT Scan measure?
A CT scan provides a detailed description of the concerned body part and surrounding tissues. The test has been used to detect and study the abnormalities in the body.
What are all tests included in the CT Scan?
If its plain CT scan, there are no special requirements but if it is a contrast CT Scan, your radiologist will only perform a CT Scan using a contrast dye for this particular test. Before undergoing the test, your kidney function or creatinine will be tested.
CT Scan Preparation
While going for the CT Scan, little preparation is required.
- It is important to inform the doctor if you are pregnant/breastfeeding or have claustrophobia before undergoing the test.
- You must inform the doctor and staff at the centre about any of your implants, pacemaker devices, vascular stents, etc.
- You are not allowed to take any metal objects or electronic devices in the test area.
- You must remove all the jewellery before undergoing the test.
- Fasting for 4-6 hours in case of contrast media being used. A plain CT scan does not require fasting usually. You can have a light meal before the scan.
- You will be asked to wear a hospital gown before undergoing the test.
- It is important to inform the doctor if you have had any allergic reactions to contrast dye in the past or are suffering from kidney disease.
- Diabetes: Individuals on anti-diabetic medicines may need to have a meal at least two hours before the scan, and medicines should be taken after consultation with the radiologist.
CT Scan Procedure
The licensed lab technician at the centre or hospital will guide you best for the test process. Here are the steps of the CT Scan procedure:
- The technician will guide you on lying down on the table in a specific position. The head may be stabilised with padded headrests to allow minimal movement during the scan.
- The machine makes a certain whirring and clicking sound with a few lights focused on you. It will also move in definite directions while scanning.
- The radiologist and technician seated in the record or control room constantly monitor any discomfort or warning signs from the patient. A bell is provided to the patient to alert the radiologist about any problems experienced during the scan.
- Images are captured and recorded by a specialised screen and converted into a two-dimensional view for reporting.
- The machine rotates around the individual’s face in a spiral motion.
- The entire procedure is completed within 10-15 minutes.
What to expect after the CT Scan is done?
- When the exam is complete, the technologist will ask you to wait until they verify that the images are of high enough quality for accuracy.
- Your doctor may give you additional or alternate instructions after the procedure, depending on your particular situation.
- After a CT scan, the technologist will remove your intravenous line. They will cover the puncture made by the needle with a small dressing.
- You may be asked to drink plenty of water for 24 hours post-exam if you have been given IV contrast dye. This will help your kidneys filter out the contrast material from your body.
- You can return to your normal activities immediately.
- Any worsening of symptoms or discomfort felt must be reported immediately.
When will I get the CT Scan report?
Images taken during the procedure are processed and compiled on the imaging screen to provide images related to the pathology detected. The reports and the images of the scan can be made available within 24 hours.
Disclaimer: The time may vary based on your condition and the availability of the radiologist.
How will I get the CT Scan report?
To receive your report, you will have to visit the radiology clinic or lab where the test was done. Once there, your radiologist or lab technician will provide you with the CT Scan Report with all the accompanying images and explain the results to you.
In most cases, results can’t be given directly to the patient or family at the test time. If the CT Scan was done on an emergency basis, the results could be made available quickly. You can check online by downloading your reports on the MFine web and app platforms.
How to interpret the CT Scan report?
A radiologist will interpret your CT Scan reports with contrast scans, putting the results in context with previous scans and your medical history. All normal, as well as abnormal findings, are mentioned systematically.
Is there any risk involved?
As in the case of repeated CT scans, long-term exposure can prove harmful for some individuals. Children may experience discomfort and may show irritability for some time.
If you are pregnant or planning for the same, make sure to inform your health expert. CT Scan is not recommended for pregnant women since the radiation can harm the foetus growing inside the mother’s womb.
What equipment or instruments are used for CT Scans?
Several pieces of equipment are used to conduct the CT Scan.
- The scanning equipment consists of a doughnut-shaped scanning machine that can rotate and move in various directions according to requirements.
- Under this machine is a table for the patient to lie on. The height-adjustable table also takes the patient under the scanning machine once the procedure starts.
- A call bell is provided to the patient.
- A separate control or recording room is present near the scanning room, where a specialised recording screen receives the images captured by the scanner.
- Images are compiled for reporting on this screen. A digital printer provides films of the images.
How long does the CT Scan take?
An entire procedure usually takes anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of screened tissues. If the patient feels anxious or claustrophobic, the patient may request a small break between the scanning.
How do I book the CT Scan through MFine?
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Frequently asked questions on CT Scans
Is CT scan brain harmful?
The CT scan procedure is not harmful in any way. Although the risk of radiation exposure is high, with unnecessary repeated scans, it rarely becomes harmful. Being calm during the scanning is of utmost importance.
What are the uses of CT Scans?
Several advanced conditions can be detected through the CT Scans that cannot be detected through simple X-Ray. In some cases, it can provide clear images of body parts that can’t be seen as well with an X-ray, or ultrasound.
How long does the CT scan take?
A CT scan usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete depending on the body part and the number of tissues to be screened. When you arrive, the staff will let you know how long the exam should take.
Are CT Scan results available immediately?
No, it is not possible to avail results immediately. The radiologist will send a report to the doctor who scheduled the scan, who will talk to you about the results. The results of a CT Scan scan usually take 24 hours to arrive unless there is an emergency.
What are the common conditions that may require a CT Scan?
Some of the common conditions that may require a CT Scan are as follows-
- Examining Blood Vessels.
- Diagnosing Abdominal Issues.
- Examining bones and bone related growths.
- Investigating Tumours.
- Examining Head and Brain Injuries.
- Guiding Cancer Treatment.
- Diagnosing Soft Tissue Damage.
Is there any need to alter my diet before a CT Scan?
Yes, before going for the CT scan, you may need to fast but it depends on the Body part for which Ct scan is advised. Talk to the technician or doctor for any need to change the diet or fastingI am a breastfeeding mother and have been advised to scan the brain. Can it be done?
A brain CT scan can be done when breastfeeding under maximal precautions. It is of concern when a contrast dye is being used. One may have to refrain from breastfeeding for two hours after the scan.
What are the side effects of a CT Scan?
There are usually no side effects of a CT Scan. However, it might sometimes result in mild symptoms like hives, vomiting, dizziness, itching, nausea, or severe symptoms like increased heart rate if contrast is used. However, many people will not react after a normal CT Scan is taken.
Are CT scans of PNS painful?
CT scanning is fast, painless, non-invasive, and accurate. It is often used to determine the cause of unexplained pain. In emergency cases, it can reveal internal injuries and bleed quickly enough to help save lives.
Do I get to go home immediately after a CT Scan?
Yes, once the CT Scan is done, you can go home immediately. In case you experience mild symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, or any other side effects or if you suffer from any chronic condition, your doctor may ask you to stay back for a while to ensure there is no complication.
Can a CT scan brain be done in children?
Yes, CT Scan scans are completely safe for children. A sedative may be provided to keep the child calm during the scanning to avoid any hassles. You can talk to your neurologist and radiologist to clear all doubts.
What questions should I ask before getting the CT scan?
Some of the common questions that you should ask before getting a CT Scan are as follows-
- I am pregnant. Is CT safe for my child?
- What information will the CT Scan provide?
- Will my exam involve a contrast agent?
Apart from these, if you have any other queries, do not hesitate to ask.
Can I get insurance cover for a CT scan brain?
Insurance claim for a CT scan of the brain depends on the insurance provider. One must contact your insurance provider for further information.
What is the cost of a CT Scan on the MFine app?
The cost of a CT Scan varies from city to city in India. At the MFine app, the average cost starts from ₹449 onwards.
How can you calm yourself before a CT Scan?
There are several ways to keep yourself calm before a CT Scan. These are as follows-
- Simple meditation is like focusing on your breathing.
- Close your eyes or wear a sleeping mask
- Choose your tunes
- If nothing suits, talk to your technicians
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