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Will you be undergoing a CT Angiography Left Lower Limb? Read this article to learn all about it.

What is CT Angiography Left Lower Limb?

CT Angiography Left Lower Limb is a diagnostic procedure that uses contrast material to assess the arteries and veins of the left leg and identify any disorders.

The CT Angiography Left Lower Limb test uses a CT (Computed Tomography) scanner that generates images of the blood vessels as iodine-rich contrast material flows through the leg. The procedure typically takes only a few minutes and is highly accurate, making it a preferred test for detecting arterial and venous abnormalities [1].

How is CT Angiography Left Lower Limb performed?

CT Angiography Left Lower Limb is conducted in a designated exam room.

  • The patient is required to wear a hospital gown.
  • The contrast chemical is injected into the leg as the patient waits on the examination table.
  • The table enters the scanner and X-ray beams detectors together generate data of the flow of the contrast material through the body [2].
  • The radiologist in a separate control room uses a computer program to convert the data into high-resolution images.

Side effects/risks of CT Angiography Left Lower Limb

Potential side effects and risks of CT Angiography Left Lower Limb include:

  • Possible harm from the contrast material to patients with kidney disease.
  • Allergic reactions to the contrast material including nausea, hives, or bronchospasm [3].
  • Slight risk of cancer from exposure to radiation.

Preparations before performing CT Angiography Left Lower Limb

The following preparations help CT Angiography Left Lower Limb take place smoothly.

  • Patients are required to not eat or drink for several hours before the test.
  • Jewelry and metal items must be removed.
  • Physicians must be informed of any existing medical conditions including heart disease, pregnancy, or diabetes.

Post-care after CT Angiography Left Lower Limb

No specific post-care is needed after CT Angiography Left Lower Limb. The radiologist will obtain the results after analyzing the images.

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