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 foot refers to such images taken of the ankle and foot.
What is NCCT foot?
NCCT foot is indicated when there is:
● Soft tissue swelling of the ankle and/or foot.
NCCT foot provides finer details in the multiple image views of the bones and surrounding soft tissues than a plain X-ray. NCCT foot is done when X-ray views do not provide conclusive evidence to guide treatment.
How is NCCT foot done?
NCCT foot 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.
- Usually, both feet are strapped into position using the foot holder with toes pointing upwards.
- You will be asked to keep still and hold your breath while the technician focuses the beam on to the feet.
- 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 foot is an outpatient procedure.
Side effects/risks of NCCT extremity
Generally, there are no side-effects or risks involved with the NCCT foot 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 foot
NCCT foot 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 foot requires no special aftercare advice.
Once you collect the report, you can download the mfine app and consult the right specialist for your diagnosis online.