Has a recent incident left you with recurring neck pain? NCCT saves your day by letting your Orthopedician identify the cause.
What is NCCT?
Non-Contrast Computed Tomography (NCCT) is a radiological scan that produces a series of cross-sectional imaging through a computer-aided array of rotating x-ray penetrations. It is similar to a conventional X-ray scan but generates a more detailed image.
The cervical spine is the neck portion of the spinal cord which is prone to multiple disorders and accidental injuries. NCCT scan can be used to investigate,
- Bone Diseases
- Herniated Disks
- Bone Injury
In case of trauma pertaining to the injury, your symptoms will be assessed before advising NCCT.
How NCCT Works?
For NCCT of the cervical spine, imaging of the neck will be done focusing on the bone arrangement.
- You will have to change in a hospital gown with all metal accessories removed.
- After lying down on the CT scanner table, you will have to hold still through the process.
- The table slides in the CT scanner tunnel, where a rotating cylinder will capture a series of cross-sectional images of your neck using x-ray beams.
- During the process, the technician will communicate through an intercom.
Depending on the complication of injury, NCCT can take as long as an hour in some cases.
Risks Involved in NCCT
If NCCT is taken once, then the ionizing radiations pose no harm. It is inadvisable to take several scans as it increases the risk of cancer. For children and pregnant women, it is preferred to take a non-radiating scan like MRI or Ultrasound if the case permits.
NCCT Prior Measures
In case you have taken NCCT scan previously, confide with your doctor. So that protective measures can be taken to prevent further ionizing. If necessary your doctor might suggest another scan.
Post Care of NCCT
Being a non-contrast radiological exam, NCCT wouldn’t lead to any internal reaction and requires no post care.
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