What is NCCT Hand?
Non-contrast Computed Tomography (NCCT) is a non-invasive imaging technique for identifying any anatomical defect or unexplained pain in hand, a bone fracture that is not visible in normal X-ray, infection/osteoporosis/deformity/arthritis, soft tissue inflammation in muscles, ligaments or tendons, or abnormal bone growth.
In the NCCT hand, rotating X-ray beams are used to generate a three-dimensional image of the hand that can be used to identify bone defects. Since the technique is based on X-ray usage, pregnant women should inform their doctor before the test as exposure to the X-rays can be harmful to the fetus. NCCT hand is a painless test. The X-rays can be detrimental to young children as well.
Why is NCCT 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 of the hand