Contrast Enhanced Computed Tomography, commonly referred to as a CAT scan, is a form of tomography in which a computer controls the motion of the X-ray source and detectors, processes the data, and produces the image. An intravenous or oral iodinated contrast is used to enhance the images.
What is CECT Lumbar Spine – 3 Level?
A lumbar spine CECT scan is a type of X-ray that produces cross-sectional images of the lower back.
How is CECT Lumbar Spine – 3 Level performed?
The scan begins by the technician asking the patient to lie flat on CT examination table, supported with straps and pillows to help maintain the correct position for quality images to be obtained.
- The contrast material is injected through IV into an arm vein or into the spinal canal.
- The exam table moves quickly through the scanner to determine the correct starting position for the scans.
- Then, the table moves slowly through the machine as the actual CT scanning is performed.
- Depending on the type of CT scan, the machine may make several passes.
You may be asked to hold your breath during the scanning in order to get clearer images.
Side effects/risks of CECT Lumbar Spine – 3 Level
A lumbar spine CT scan carries very few risks.
- The contrast dye used during the procedure may cause temporary kidney damage, especially if there are existing kidney problems.
- There’s some exposure to radiation, which though safe for adults, is a cause for concern for pregnant women and unborn fetuses.
The procedure should be used with caution for children.
Preparation before performing CECT Lumbar Spine – 3 Level
The doctor needs to be Informed about any prior medical conditions, especially kidney disease, diabetes, allergies and asthma. You will be
- asked to remove any jewelry or metal objects
- given a mild sedative to help you relax if you are claustrophobic or fidgety.
Post-care after CECT Lumbar Spine – 3 Level
In case you were given a sedative,
- do not drive or take public transport.
- Have someone with you for 24 hours afterwards.
- Do not operate machinery on the day of the scan.
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