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Overview Brief

CECT Leg is used to diagnose the damages in the leg by X-Ray imaging.

What is CECT Leg?

CECT Leg is a diagnostic test that involves the use of contrast material for creating cross-sectional X-Ray images of the leg to detect any disorders.

In CECT Leg (where CECT stands for Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography), a contrast chemical is injected into the leg and its flow is captured by rotating X-Ray beams that create cross-sectional images of the leg. A special computer programme is then used to convert those images into a 3D visualization of the leg, which can be used to identify fractures that do not show up on a regular X-Ray as well as any inflammations, abnormal growths, dislocations or other disorders [1].

How is CECT Leg Performed?

CECT Leg is performed in a designated room where the CT scanner is kept.

  • The patient lies on the table after wearing a hospital gown.
  • The contrast chemical is injected into the leg and the table goes into the CT scanner.
  • X-Rays move around a fixed axis of rotation and capture cross-sectional images of the leg.
  • The images are converted into a 3D visualization by means of digital geometry processing [2].

The CECT Leg scan takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

Side effects/risks of CECT Leg

While CECT Leg is a safe and minimally invasive procedure, potential; side effects include

  • Allergic reactions to the contrast chemical especially in patients with kidney problems.
  • Minor risk of cancer due to radiation exposure.

 Preparations before performing CECT Leg

The following preparations will make sure that CECT Leg happens smoothly.

  • Women should inform their radiologist of pregnancies so that radiation levels can be lowered.
  • It is advisable to conduct tests to determine any allergies to the contrast material.
  • Metallic objects like jewelry must be taken off.

Post-care after CECT Leg

CECT Leg does not call for any specific post-care. The radiologist will share the results with the patient within a few days.

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