Contrast-Enhanced Computerised Tomography or CECT shoulder joint is used to study internal body structures and is much more useful than regular X-rays.
What is a CECT shoulder joint?
A CECT shoulder joint is an advanced CT that uses dyes to enhance the contrast of the images.
- CECT shoulder joint provides detailed information of tissues around the shoulder joint.
- It shows the bones, attachments, blood vessels, and nerves.
- Abnormalities in the shoulder region are detected and contrast dye further enhances these images.
- The dye injected depends on what needs to be detected.
A CECT shoulder joint is much more useful than a regular CT scan.
How is CECT shoulder joint performed?
For a CECT shoulder joint, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. The following
- Remove jewelry and metal objects on your body.
- You will be asked to lie on a table.
- You will then be injected IV with the contrast dye.
- The table will be moved to align with the scanner.
- Hold your breath for a few seconds, the scanner takes images of your shoulder joint.
Holding of breath during CECT shoulder joint prevents movement during the scan.
Side effects/risks of CECT shoulder joint
There can be multiple risks (though rare) of CECT shoulder joint:
- Allergic reaction to the dye.
- Leakage of the dye out of the vein while injecting it.
- Damage to kidneys.
- Abnormal thyroid function.
Preparation before performing CECT shoulder joint
CECT shoulder joint can be performed on children and adults.
- Children must not eat 4 hours before the test.
- Adults have no diet restrictions but must be well hydrated.
- You will be given a gown to wear.
- Inform your doctor about any allergies to the contrast dye before the dye is injected.
- Arrive on time for proper history taking before CECT shoulder joint.
Post-care after CECT shoulder joint
Post-care after CECT shoulder joint includes drinking lots of water and fluids to allow the dye to be flushed out.
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