Non-contrast computerized tomography (NCCT) is a radiological procedure wherein images are taken to visualize cross-sectional details of the soft tissues, blood vessels, bones, and internal organs of the body without the use of a contrast dye. NCCT extremity refers to such images taken of the extremities.
What is NCCT extremity?
Generally, NCCT extremity is indicated when there soft tissue swelling, infection or injury sustained to the particular extremity. NCCT extremity could involve either the entire or part of the upper or lower limb. Lower limb NCCT extremity involves multiple images of hip, knee, ankle, and foot. Upper limb NCCT extremity will provide multiple images of the shoulder, arm, or hand.
NCCT extremity provides finer details of the bones and surrounding soft tissues than a plain X-ray. NCCT extremity is done when X-ray views do not provide conclusive evidence to guide treatment.
How is NCCT extremity?
NCCT extremity is done using a CT machine. NCCT extremity is a non-invasive procedure that involves the following steps:
- You will be made to lie flat on the table that enters into the CT machine.
- You will be guided by the radiology technician to place the affected extremity in position.
- You will be asked to keep still and hold your breath while the technician focuses the beam on to the extremity.
- You will hear the technician through speakers.
- The machine will then begin taking images that will be visible to the radiologist on his computer in an adjacent room
NCCT extremity is an outpatient procedure.
Side effects/risks of NCCT extremity
Generally, there are no side-effects or risks involved with the NCCT extremity procedure. However, you may experience the following:
Pain may be present in maintaining a still position if there is any recent injury. The radiology assistant will help you achieve the best possible position.
Preparation before performing NCCT extremity
NCCT extremity requires the patient to follow these steps before the procedure:
- Use of hospital gown.
- Removal of all personal effects including jewelry.
- Sign an informed consent form.
Post-care after NCCT hand
NCCT requires no special after care advice.
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