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CECT Shoulder Joint

Overview Brief

Contrast-Enhanced Computerised Tomography or CECT shoulder joint is used to study internal body structures and is much more useful than regular X-rays.

What is a CECT shoulder joint?

A CECT shoulder joint is an advanced CT that uses dyes to enhance the contrast of the images.

  • CECT shoulder joint provides detailed information of tissues around the shoulder joint.
  • It shows the bones, attachments, blood vessels, and nerves.
  • Abnormalities in the shoulder region are detected and contrast dye further enhances these images.
  • The dye injected depends on what needs to be detected.

A CECT shoulder joint is much more useful than a regular CT scan.

How is CECT shoulder joint performed?

For a CECT shoulder joint, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. The following

  • Remove jewelry and metal objects on your body.
  • You will be asked to lie on a table.
  • You will then be injected IV with the contrast dye.
  • The table will be moved to align with the scanner.
  • Hold your breath for a few seconds, the scanner takes images of your shoulder joint.

Holding of breath during CECT shoulder joint prevents movement during the scan.

Side effects/risks of CECT shoulder joint

There can be multiple risks (though rare) of CECT shoulder joint:

  • Allergic reaction to the dye.
  • Leakage of the dye out of the vein while injecting it.
  • Damage to kidneys.
  • Abnormal thyroid function.

Preparation before performing CECT shoulder joint

CECT shoulder joint can be performed on children and adults.

  • Children must not eat 4 hours before the test.
  • Adults have no diet restrictions but must be well hydrated.
  • You will be given a gown to wear.
  • Inform your doctor about any allergies to the contrast dye before the dye is injected.
  • Arrive on time for proper history taking before CECT shoulder joint.

Post-care after CECT shoulder joint

Post-care after CECT shoulder joint includes drinking lots of water and fluids to allow the dye to be flushed out.

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