CT Angio-Upper Limb refers to the process of examining the blood flow to the upper limbs or arms.
What is CT Angio-Upper Limb?
CT Angio-Upper Limb is commonly known as the angiogram of the arms.
- The test determines the presence of any abnormalities or blockages in the blood vessels supplying the upper limbs.
- Diseases such as atherosclerosis can be diagnosed with this method.
The test is helpful in determining further action-plans to treat the disease.
How is CT Angio-Upper Limb performed?
The following steps are performed during the CT Angio-Upper Limb:
- The patient is made to lie comfortably on the table with hands by the side.
- A catheter is used to inject the arteries with a contrast material or a dye.
- The imaging is done by a scanner to obtain images of the blood vessels.
- The test takes a few minutes to hours to complete.
The patient should take rest till the effect of the sedatives administered subsides.
Side effects/risks of CT Angio-Upper Limb
Very few risk factors involved in the CT Angio-Upper Limb and they may be:
- Marginal risk of cancer.
- Infections due to radiations.
- Punctured or damaged artery may start bleeding.
- Kidney damage may worsen in case the patient is already suffering from kidney disease.
Preparation before performing CT Angio-Upper Limb
Preparatory steps in CT Angio-Upper Limb involves:
- Avoiding certain medications advised by the doctors.
- Have someone to drop and pick the patient up from the hospital to avoid fainting due to sedatives.
Post-care after CT Angio-Upper Limb
CT Angio-Upper Limb includes the following post-care:
- In case the bleeding due to inserted catheter does not stop, the patient should see the doctor.
- Doctors may arrange for a follow-up after the test to monitor the side-effects if any.
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