CT AngiogrAPhy Left Lower Limb
What is CT AngiogrAPhy Left Lower Limb?
A Computerized Tomography (CT) angiography left lower limb test is a medical imaging technique used to detect the blood vessels that carry blood to your left leg. A high-contrast medium is injected before the scan to get clear images. The CECT is recommended when you have painful cramps in leg muscles, leg numbness, difficulty walking, and extreme soreness.
CT angiography of the left lower limb is a rapid and reliable technique. The contrast medium may cause temporary skin redness and itching after the scan. Abnormal test results indicate thrombosis, pseudoaneurysm, arterial laceration, and intimal flaps. Please inform your doctor or X-ray technician if you are pregnant before taking the test. It is better to remove all metal objects like jewelry to avoid obstructing the imaging
Why is CT AngiogrAPhy Left Lower Limb done?
- To diagnose narrowed blood vessel or blocked arteries of the pelvis, knees, legs, ankles and injured blood vessels of the leg
- To detect any peripheral artery disease (PAD) which results in narrowed or blockage in the peripheral arteries of your leg (claudication)
- To find out takayasu’s disease (aorta inflammation which carries blood from the heart to the remaining body) and buerger’s disease (rare problem of swollen arm or leg arteries / vein which leads to clot)
- To evaluate atherosclerosis (depositions of fats or cholesterol in the artery walls) and vasculitis (swollen artery which results in decreased blood flow)