What is CECT Hand?
A CECT Hand or Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography scan of the hand is a medical diagnostic procedure that uses a series of x-rays to produce 3-dimensional, cross-sectional images of the hand. Unusual pain, swelling, or lumps of the hand, may require a hand scan to diagnose the problem. The imaging procedure allows physicians to detect minute details of the hand that are difficult to view on a simple X-ray. Contrast materials are often injected during the scan to highlight the hand regions.
Radiation scans may temporarily cause minor side effects such as itching, headache, and skin redness. An abnormal result may indicate the presence of bone deformities, arthritis, fractures, soft muscle injury, and abnormal tissue masses. Pregnant women are advised to inform the doctor or lab technician before taking the scan.
Why is CECT Hand done?
- • To detect the fractures of the bones of the hand not visible on a simple X-ray • To detect the cause of any unexplained pain in the hand • To detect any infection, injury or inflammation of the soft tissues like the muscle, the tendons and ligaments of the hand • To diagnose any suspected infection, osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis (inflammation of the joints) • To guide and monitor biopsy or the operative procedures