The CECT Head and Orbit Axial examination is conducted to have a detailed view of the orbits or the eye socket and the skull.
What is CECT Head and Orbit Axial?
The CECT Head and Orbit Axial is performed after injecting contrast or dye made of iodine. The use of contrast enables the radiologists and ophthalmologists to clearly view the soft tissues in the head and the orbit. Doctors can locate any congenital defects in the head and the orbit region, diagnose stroke and trauma, internal bleeding, and diseases using the CECT Head and Orbit Axial test.
How CECT Head and Orbit Axial is Performed?
The CECT Head and Orbit Axial test involves the following steps:
The patient has to lie down on the CT examination table.
The examination table will slide in and out of the CT scanner.
The patient will be injected an intravenous contrast through the cannula.
The initial scout images are taken to map the area for testing.
Once the area is mapped, the CT scanner takes a series of images of the head and the orbital axis
Side-effects of CECT Head and Orbit Axial
A CECT Head and Orbit Axial scan does not have major side-effects. However, some of the common risks include
Some patients may be allergic to the contrast.
The radiation may alter DNA and cause cancer.
The radiation can harm children if proper precautions are not taken.
The radiation is dangerous for pregnant women.
Preparations before performing CECT Head and Orbit Axial
The CECT Head and Orbit Axial scan is a pre-scheduled procedure. Preparations for the test include
Discussing the patient’s medical history with the doctor or radiologist.
Keeping the stomach empty by abstaining from eating at least 4 hours before the procedure.
Removing jewelry and other metal items before entering the CT scan room.
Post-care of CECT Head and Orbit Axial
CECT Head and Orbit Axial is a complication-free procedure. The post-care includes
Refraining from consuming medications as advised by the ophthalmologist or the radiologist.
Paying close attention to symptoms such as rashes or allergy to contrast and reporting it to the doctor.
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