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 forearm refers to such images taken of the forearm.
What is NCCT fore arm?
The fore arm is part of the upper limb that extends between the elbow and the wrist.
The forearm consists of important muscle groups, bones, nerves, and arteries that are housed in two separate compartments in the fore arm. NCCT fore arm helps in identifying abnormalities in this region. These include:
● Suspected fracture of radius or ulna (bones of the forearm).
NCCT will provide finer details of the bones and surrounding soft tissues than a plain X-ray. NCCT forearm is done when an X-ray of the fore arm is not conclusive enough to guide treatment.
How is NCCT fore arm performed?
NCCT fore arm is done using a CT machine. NCCT fore arm is a non-invasive procedure that involves the following steps:
- You will be made to lie on the table that enters into the CT machine
- You will be guided by the radiology technician to place your arm firmly on the table
- You will be asked to keep still and hold your breath by 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 fore arm should take about 15 minutes to complete.
Side effects/risks of NCCT fore arm
Generally, there are no side-effects or risks involved with the NCCT fore arm procedure. However, you may experience the following:
Pain may be present in maintaining a still position if there is any recent injury.
Preparation before performing NCCT fore arm
NCCT fore arm 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 fore arm
NCCT fore arm 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.