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Overview

A wrist joint is a complex joint that is susceptible to injuries. A CECT of a wrist joint helps to evaluate and detect any abnormalities.

What is CECT of a Wrist Joint?

A CECT of a Wrist Joint is a contrast-enhanced CT of a wrist joint and is a helpful diagnostic tool to detect a wide range of articular disorders.

  • A CECT of a Wrist Joint is useful to differentiate between ligament tears and asymptomatic degenerative lesions.
  • Helpful in detecting any cartilage and bone issues that are not seen in regular CT scans and other imaging techniques.
  • Useful in unexplained post-traumatic pain.

How is CECT of a Wrist Joint performed?

CECT of a Wrist Joint helps to visualize ligament tears. The following steps are involved:

  • The dorsal aspect of the wrist is prepared.
  • No local anesthetic is used and a 24-gauge needle is used to create a puncture.
  • 5 ml of iodinated contrast medium is injected.
  • The patient is immediately taken for a CT scan before the medium gets diluted.
  • The patient is scanned in the ‘superman position’ to keep the wrists in the middle of the gantry.

Side effects/risks of CECT of a Wrist Joint

While the risk associated with the CECT of a Wrist Joint is minimal, there could be a few risks as follows:

  • Allergy to the dye.
  • Wrong puncture in the wrist area.
  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Radiation exposure.
  • Sore joint.

Preparation before performing CECT of a Wrist Joint

The following preparative measures must be taken:

  • The dorsal surface of the wrist is sterilized.
  • A puncture is made using a 24-gauge needle facilitated by the articular recesses.
  • The contrast medium is then injected and a quick scan is performed.

Post-care after CECT of a Wrist Joint

The CECT of a Wrist Joint procedure takes a couple of minutes to perform. The will be asked to drink lots of fluids to ensure that the dye is flushed out after the CECT of a Wrist Joint procedure.

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