CECT Lumbar Spine
What is CECT Lumbar Spine?
A CECT Lumbar Spine or Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography of the lumbar spine is a medical imaging test used to evaluate and assess an individual's risk for developing lumbar spine disorders. It uses a minimal dose of ionizing radiation after injecting contrast material into the patient. The three-dimensional images also help identify congenital abnormalities (disabilities) and cancer/tumor presence in the lumbar spine or surrounding soft tissues.
Symptoms like back pain, difficulty walking, or tingling sensation in the limbs may require a CECT test. The contrast material during the scan may cause temporary allergic reactions such as itching and skin rashes. An abnormal scan result may indicate abnormalities or deformities in the nerves, ligaments, intervertebral discs, muscles, and blood vessels of the lumbar spine.
Why is CECT Lumbar Spine done?
- To find out lumbar disc herniation or disc protrusions / herniations (leakage of soft inner spinal fluid to the spinal cord due to injury, wear tear or weakness)
- To diagnose Lumbar Disc Degenerative Disease (age related abrasion the spinal disc which leads to low back pain)
- To detect Lumbar Spondylosis Spondylolisthesis which causes neck and back pain
- To evaluate congenital abnormalities (disease from childbirth) and cancer / tumor presence in the lumbar spine or its surrounding soft tissues