CT Neck - Plain
The Computed Tomography (CT) scan of the neck is an imaging procedure in which the rotating beams of X-rays are used to create a detailed three dimensional image of the parts of the neck to identify problems associated with the cervical spine or other soft tissues in the neck region.
Why Get Tested
- To detect any fractures, inflammations, or infections in he vertebral bones of the necj which may not have been visible in a simple X-ra;
- To detect and diagnose any herniated disk in the neck area (cervical spine), one of the most common cause of severe back pai;
- To detect tumors of the spinal cor;
- To detect malformations during spinal development in childre;
- To measure bone density to diagnose and estimate severity of conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, etc;
- To detect and diagnose problems or damage to the softer tissues in the nec;
- For direct intervention procedures like fine needle biopsy in the neck area
- 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.