CECT or Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography is a procedure that uses X-rays to obtain detailed images of the structures inside the ankle joint including the bone, cartilage, muscle, and tendons using a contrast material taken orally or injected intravenously.
What is a CECT Arm Scan?
The CECT scan of the arm is a procedure performed to identify damage and injuries to the arm. A doctor will recommend a CECT Arm in case of extreme pain, sports injuries, decreased motion or issues arising from implanted surgical devices.
How is a CECT Arm Scan performed?
The procedure usually lasts about a few minutes to half an hour.
The patient has to lie down on the moving CT table and the CT Scanner may be placed just over the arm or the entire body.
The contrast dye is administered either orally or intravenously.
The CT table starts moving, and the scanner takes images using X-rays.
Side effects or risks of a CECT Arm Scan
The CECT scan is a non-invasive and relatively safe procedure that doesn’t require any recovery time. The dye used is iodine based and safe for most people.
CECT scans use X-rays that produce ionising radiation.
The radiation effect might be more pronounced on children.
It is not advised to take a CECT scan if you’re pregnant.
The contrast material might cause some allergic reaction leading to rashes.
Preparation before performing a CECT Arm Scan
The CECT Arm requires minimal preparation:
Inform the doctor if you are pregnant, have diabetes or any kidney problems.
Consumption of food or fluids might be suspended for a few hours before the procedure.
You will be required to remove all metal objects and maybe wear a hospital gown.
Post-care after a CECT Arm Scan
The CECT Arm scan does not cause any symptoms that require recovery.
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