CECT Chest - Lower Half
What is CECT Chest - Lower Half?
The CECT (Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography) Chest - Lower Half is an imaging technique that helps obtain clear images of the chest and the thorax. A contrast material is injected into the veins, and rotating beams of X-Ray are used to get three-dimensional images on the computer. This procedure helps identify any inflammation or infection of the heart, lungs, food pipe, stomach, and liver. It also helps determine the presence of any tumors or congenital abnormalities.
The contrast material may cause a slight itching at the injected site or a metallic taste in the mouth, which stops after a while. The CECT scan is not painful and lasts for 10-15 minutes only. You may be advised not to eat or drink four hours before the procedure.
Why is CECT Chest - Lower Half done?
- • To determine the cause of symptoms like cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc. • To detect inflammations or infection of heart, lungs, food pipe, liver, stomach and other organs • To detect injury to the internal organs, bones of rib cage, or spine due to trauma • To make detailed assessment if some abnormalities appear in a standard X-ray of the chest • To detect the presence of any tumors (abnormal growth) • To detect any congenital abnormalities (birth defects) • To direct intervention procedures like fine needle biopsy