What is CECT Ankle Joints?
The Contrast Enhanced Computed Tomography (CECT) of the ankle joint is an imaging procedure where a contrast dye is injected into the body and X-ray beams are used to create a detailed three dimensional image of the ankle joint which is used to assess any injury or other disorders of the ankle joint.
Why is CECT Ankle Joints done?
- • To detect fractures of the bones of the ankle joint not visible on a simple X-ray • To detect the cause of any unexplained pain in the ankle joint • To detect any infection, injury or inflammation of the soft tissues like the muscle, the tendons and ligaments of the ankle joint • To diagnose any suspected infection, osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis (inflammation of the joints)
Preparation for CECT Ankle Joints
- 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.
- Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the X-ray.
- Get the blood urea and creatinine test done to evaluate kidney function and to ensure safety of contrast before taking up the procedure.
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