Have you been complaining about throbbing pain in the ankle? It can be a sign of injury, which NCCT can assist your doctor in identifying.
What is NCCT?
Non-Contrast Computed Tomography (NCCT) is a radiological scan that produces series of cross-sectional imaging, through computer-aided array of rotating x-ray penetrations. It is similar to a conventional X-ray scan in principle, but the former generates a much more detailed image.
NCCT is used by medicine practitioners worldwide for ankle joints in diagnosing,
- Muscle/Tissue Tear
NCCT is capable of compiling 3D image reconstruction and is used to study the intricate bone structure of ankle joint.
How NCCT Works?
An ankle joint NCCT scan is carried out using a CT scanner in which,
- You will have to change in a hospital gown with all metal accessories removed.
- After lying down on the CT scanner table, hold still through the process.
- The table will slide in the CT scanner tunnel, where a rotating cylinder captures a series of cross-sectional images using x-ray waves.
- During the process, technician will communicate through an intercom.
Depending on the complication of injury, NCCT can take as long as an hour in some cases.
Risk Involved in NCCT
If NCCT is taken once, the ionising radiations pose no harm. It is inadvisable to take several scans as it may increase the risk of cancer. For children and pregnant women, it is preferred to take a non-radiating scan like MRI or Ultrasound if the case permits.
NCCT Prior Measures
In case you have taken NCCT scan previously, confide with your doctor. So that protective measures can be taken to prevent further ionising. If necessary your doctor might suggest another scan.
Post Care of NCCT
Being a non-contrast radiological exam, NCCT wouldn’t lead to any immediate reaction and thus no post care is needed.
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