HRCT CHEST – Contrast is High Resolution computed tomography of the chest that is conducted using a contrast.
What is HRCT CHEST – Contrast?
HRCT CHEST – Contrast is a painless and safe procedure that uses a conventional CT scanner with altered imaging parameters to produce images with high resolution. Depending on the diagnosis, HRCT CHEST – Contrast is done both during inspiration and expiration. HRCT CHEST –Contrast gives a close view of the chest to diagnose lung and heart disorders. (1)
How is HRCT CHEST –Contrast Performed?
HRCT CHEST – Contrast is a minimally invasive and risk-free procedure:
- A contrast is injected intravenously.
- The patient lies down on the CT examination table.
- Straps and pillows are used to help the patient stay in the right position.
- The CT examination table slides in and out of the CT scanner.
- The patient has to stay still and might be asked to hold breath at certain times during the HRCT CHEST –Contrast procedure.
HRCT CHEST – Contrast is a simple procedure, which takes around 30 minutes to complete.
Side-effects of HRCT CHEST –Contrast
HRCT CHEST –Contrast is a safe procedure. Some rare complications include
- Allergic reaction or kidney damage due to the contrast.
- Exposure to radiation during HRCT CHEST – Contrast can cause cancer.
- Young children and pregnant women are at more risk due to radiation
Preparation before HRCT CHEST – Contrast
HRCT CHEST – Contrast is a simple procedure, which does not require much prior preparation.
- Discuss the medical history, allergies and chronic diseases with the doctor.
- Follow the instructions of the doctor about discontinuing certain medications before the HRCT CHEST – Contrast.
- Fast for 6 hours before the test.
Post-care after HRCT CHEST –Contrast
HRCT CHEST – Contrast is a quick procedure and patients can go home after the procedure.
- Follow the advice of the doctor on discontinuing certain medications for some days after the procedure.
- Drink plenty of water to flush out the contrast used for HRCT CHEST –Contrast.
- Report any allergic reactions to the contrast, to the doctor.
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