Contrast Enhanced Computerized Tomography (CECT) Scan of the chest is a diagnostic procedure in which a contrast material is injected and the rotating beams of X-rays are used to create a detailed three dimensional image of the chest or thorax to identify problems associated with the heart, lungs, food pipe, rib cage, spinal column and surrounding soft tissues like muscles.
Why Get Tested
- To determine the cause of symptoms like cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc;
- To detect inflammations or infection of heart, lungs, food pipe, liver, stomach and other organ;
- To detect injury to the internal organs, bones of rib cage, or spine due to traum;
- To make detailed assessment if some abnormalities appear in a standard X-ray of the ches;
- To detect the presence of any tumors (abnormal growth;
- To detect any congenital abnormalities (birth defects;
- To direct intervention procedures like fine needle biopsy
- 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.