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Overview

CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast is a computed tomography scan of the cervical and dorsal spinal cord using an iodine-based dye and x-rays.

What is CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast?

CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure. The test enables the spine specialists and neurosurgeons to have a detailed view of the vertebrae of the spinal cord and the neck region. The CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast aids in the diagnosis of herniated discs, tumours, fractures, and broken bones, birth defects, and infections in the dorsal or cervical spine.

How is CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast Performed?

CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast is a simple and safe procedure:

  • The Radiologist injects an iodine-based dye or contrast
  • The patient has to lie down still on the CT examination table.
  • The table moves through the CT chamber, where the scanner takes multiple images of the cervical and dorsal spine using x-rays.

CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast is a brief procedure, which takes approximately 20 minutes.

Side-effects of Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast

CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast is a risk-free procedure. However, certain patients can experience side-effects such as

  • Allergy to the contrast used during the procedure.
  • Damage to kidneys due to the contrast.
  • Cancer caused by exposure to radiation.
  • Harmful effects on the unborn foetus in pregnant women.

Preparation for Performing CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast

The test needs to be scheduled in advance. The preparations for the test involve

  • Discussing health issues, allergies and medical records with the doctor.
  • Not consuming food 6 hours before the CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast test.
  • Not consuming water an hour before the test.
  • Taking off jewellery and other metal items before the test.

Post-care for CT Cervico-Dorsal Spine With Contrast

Some post-care tips include

  • Consuming plenty of fluids to flush out the contrast.
  • Following the advice of the doctor regarding medications after the test.
  • Pay close attention to the symptoms of allergy and report them to the doctor.

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