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3D CT Dorso-Lumbar Spine

Test Description

3D Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan of the Dorso-Lumbar spine is a diagnostic procedure where rotating beams of X-rays are used to create cross sectional images of the dorso-lumbar region of the vertebral column, which can then be used to create a three dimensional image of the spinal column where the vertebral bones, intervertebral discs and the surrounding soft tissues like muscles and ligaments are clearly visible.

Why Get Tested

  1. To detect the cause of any unexplained lower back pain
  2. To detect fractures, inflammations, or infections of the vertebral bones not visible on a simple X-ray
  3. To detect and diagnose herniated disc, which is the commonest cause of lower back pain
  4. To detect malformations or genetic defects during spinal development in children
  5. To direct intervention procedures like fine needle biopsy
  6. To detect any infection, injury or inflammation of the soft tissues like muscle, and ligaments of the spine
  7. To diagnose any suspected infection, osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis (inflammation of the joints)

Precautions

  • Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
  • Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the X-ray.

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