CT Angio – Thoracic Aorta
CT Angio is a technique to deduce the presence of any abnormalities in blood vessels such as blockages.
What is CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta?
CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta refers to the process of using an injection with contrast material to pictures of blood vessels in the body.
- Various techniques in which the CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta can be conducted are: using computed tomography, MRI, or with X-rays with catheters.
- The contrast material used is an iodine-rich dye which is injected in the arm of the patient.
- The process involves the use of a scanner which produces scanned pictures in different planes.
The CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta is extremely useful in evaluating diseases related to blood vessels and the organs where they supply such as the brain, and heart.
How is CT Angio- Thoracic Aorta performed?
CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta begins by taking down the medical history by the doctor.
- The patient should lie on his back on the table.
- An IV catheter is used to inject the contrast material in the arm.
- The ECG leads are essentially stuck on the chest throughout the scanning process.
- Medications to slow down the heart rate may be administered to get clear pictures.
The CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta process takes a few minutes to complete.
Side effects/risks of CT Angio- Thoracic Aorta
The CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta involves negligible risks; yet, some can be enlisted as follows:
- Patients allergic to X-rays should indicate the same to the doctors before the test.
- The contrast material may leak and cause skin damage.
- Cancer: due to exposure to the radiation.
Preparation before performing CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta
CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta needs the following preparation:
- One should wear loose, comfortable clothes.
- No metal jewelry or accessories.
- 2 to 3 hours of fasting prior to the test
Post-care after CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta
Post-care following CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta is: In case of any discomfort after the CT Angio-Thoracic Aorta, the doctor should be notified immediately.
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