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CECT Dorso-Lumbar Spine

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Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. 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.
  2. Get the blood urea and creatinine test done to evaluate kidney function and to ensure safety of contrast before taking up the procedure.
  3. Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the scan.

Overview


What is CECT Dorso-Lumbar Spine?

A CECT (Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography) Dorso-Lumbar Spine is an imaging procedure that helps get clear pictures of the spine. This test can detect injuries or infections to the spine, inflammation, a herniated disk, osteoarthritis, and pinched nerves.


Doctors advise a CECT Dorso-Lumbar Spine before spinal surgery, and also when a patient experiences back pain which is accompanied by fever, or weakness and numbness in the legs. It is also advised when there is a problem controlling the bladder, and when there are signs of cancer.


This procedure takes around 30-45 minutes. Before the procedure, you will be asked to remove your jewelry or any metallic items from your body. You will also have to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or diabetic.

Why is CECT Dorso-Lumbar Spine done?

  1. • 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 persisting 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 infection, osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis (inflammation of the joints)

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