CECT Chest - Upper Half
What is CECT Chest - Upper Half?
A CECT (Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography) Chest - Upper Half is an imaging technique that helps get clear images of the chest and the thorax. A contrast material, or dye, is injected into the veins, and the rotating beams of an X-ray are used to obtain precise images of the internal organs. This procedure helps detect infections and inflammation of the heart, lungs, food pipe, and any rib cage or spine injury. It helps establish the causes behind shortness of breath, persistent cough, chest pain, and any other abnormality of the heart and the lungs.
Temporary side effects include mild itchiness or redness in the chest area. However, frequent exposure to radiation can be extremely harmful. In case of possible pregnancy, women are advised to inform the doctor before undergoing a scan.
Why is CECT Chest - Upper Half done?
- • To determine the cause of symptoms like cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc. • To detect inflammations or infection of heart, lungs, food pipe, and other organs of this region • To detect injury to the internal organs, bones of rib cage, or spine due to trauma • To make detailed assessment if some abnormalities appear in a standard X-ray of the chest • To detect the presence of any tumors (abnormal growth) • To detect any congenital abnormalities (birth defects) • To direct intervention procedures like fine needle biopsy