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CECT (Contrast-enhanced Computerized Tomography) TM joints (Temporomandibular joints) Levels is a procedure performed to create three-dimensional images of TM joints.

What are CECT TM Joints?

The process of CECT TM joints uses contrast agents and gives detailed information on TM joints.

The CECT TM joints scan provides a detailed picture and helps doctors determine anomalies or infections in the TM joint.

CECT TM joints help doctors determine various TM disorders. TM disorders can cause a lot of pain in the jaw joint, or in one or both of the temporomandibular joints.

How are CECT TM Joints performed?

The procedure for the CECT TM Joints test is as follows:

  • The technician injects the contrast dye through a vein (IV) in the arm.
  • The patient may experience a metal taste in their mouth. It is normal to experience taste change during the injection process.
  • They may also experience sensations over the body.
  • During the exam, the patient’s head needs to be placed in a special holder and the scanner should cover only the head.

The whole procedure may take around 20 to 30 minutes.

Side effects/risks of CECT TM Joints performed

The risk factors associated with CECT Thoracic Spine-3 Levels include excessive exposure to radiation, which increases the risk of cancer in an individual.

Preparation before performing CECT TM Joints

The following points should be kept in mind before performing CECT TM Joints:

  • The patient should remove jewelry and metal items from the body.
  • False teeth or implants should be removed.
  • The doctor should be informed about any prior allergy to contrast.
  • The doctor should be consulted if the patient is on any particular medication.

Post-care after CECT TM Joints

The patient should resume regular eating patterns and drink lots of water to flush the contrast dye out of their body.

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