TM Joint is the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the skull. NCCT TM Joint refers to Non-Contrast Computed Tomography of the Temporomandibular Joint.
What is NCCT TM Joint Scan?
NCCT TM Joint scan is a non-invasive scan to evaluate the temporomandibular joint. It provides clear images of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissue in the TM Joint. NCCT TM Joint is helpful in the evaluation of TM joint disorders, infection, inflammation, tumors of soft tissue and bones, and injuries in the TM Joint. (1)
How is NCCT TM Joint Performed?
NCCT TM Joint is a painless procedure.
- Patient has to lie on the CT examination table in the supine position with hands at sides and head on the headrest.
- The table slides inside the CT scanner, which generates multiple images of the TMJ Joint.
Patient has to lie still during the entire process of NCCT TM Joint scan as a movement will blur the images and may require a repeat of the procedure.
Side-effects of NCCT TM Joint
NCCT TM Joint uses radiation to produce clear images of the internal structure of the TM Joint.
- Radiation can alter DNA and cause cancer.
- Pregnant women should not be exposed to radiation as it harms the
- Patient may experience discomfort due to lying still throughout the NCCT TM Joint scan.
Preparation before NCCT TM Joint scan
NCCT TM Joint is a quick and efficient procedure and does not require hospitalization.
- Inform the doctor about allergies, implants and other health complications.
- Women should inform their doctor if they are pregnant.
- Follow the instructions of the doctor, about food and medications before NCCT TM Joint.
Post-care after NCCT TM Joint
NCCT TM Joint does not need any care after the test.
- Patients can return home and resume normal activity.
- Report any pain or discomfort after the NCCT TM Joint scan, to your doctor.
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