CT Dorso-Lumbar Spine With Contrast
What is CT Dorso-Lumbar Spine With Contrast?
Computed Tomography (CT) Dorso-Lumbar Spine with contrast is an imaging procedure used to create cross-sectional images of the lumbar region of the vertebral column. This test is used to create a three-dimensional image of the spinal column, the vertebral bones, intervertebral disks, and the surrounding soft tissues. A contrast is injected into the vein or directly into the cerebrospinal fluid to improve the clarity of the images of the body’s internal structure. This also improves the diagnostic accuracy of the CT scan.
This test is prescribed by the doctor to explain the cause of any unexplained lower back pain, to detect fractures, inflammations, or infections of the vertebral bones that are not visible on a simple X-ray, to detect malformations, and to diagnose any suspected infection, osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis.
CT exams generally use a small amount of radiation and are therefore considered relatively safer as compared to X-rays.
Why is CT Dorso-Lumbar Spine With Contrast done?
- • To detect the cause of any unexplained back pain • To detect any fractures, inflammations, or infections of the vertebral bones not visible on a simple X-ray • To detect and diagnose the presence of herniated disk, which is the commonest cause of lower back pain • To detect malformations or genetic defects during spinal development in children • To direct intervention procedures like fine needle biopsy • To detect any infection, injury or inflammation of the soft tissues like muscle, and ligaments of the spine • To diagnose any suspected osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis (inflammation of the joints)