Computed tomography of the legs is the most effective diagnostic method, allowing you to get a complete picture of the circulatory system of the limbs. The result of the study: a volume layered snapshot of the legs, on which bones, joints, soft tissues, arteries are visible.
Time: from 5 to 20 minutes (with contrast)
Preliminary preparation: needed
The presence of contraindications: no
Presence of restrictions: allergy to iodine-containing contrast drug, children under 14 years of age, pregnancy, lactation, weight more than 150kg
Preparation of the conclusion: 1 hour.
The purpose of CT diagnosis of limbs
Identify possible pathological processes occurring in the legs.
Indications for CT limbs
- 1. Varicose veins.
- 2. Narrowing / blockage of arteries ;.
- 3. Leg injuries.
- 4. Preoperative examination.
- 5. Assessment of the condition of the legs after surgery and during treatment.
- 6. Clarification of the diagnosis after ultrasound.
How is the CT scan of the limbs
The patient is placed on the table of the tomograph. He is left alone in his office. Communication with the doctor occurs using the speakerphone. The table begins to move, the frame with x-rays rotates around the limbs, scanning them in all projections. During the procedure, you can not move, on the command of a doctor should hold your breath.
The introduction of a contrast medium (bolus)
According to the prescription of the attending physician, the study can be carried out using iodine-containing contrast, which improves the visibility of the studied structures (vessels, soft tissues, foci of inflammation, damage, neoplasms). A healthy bolus is injected into the vein by an anesthetist. The drug is excreted from the body during the day.
Indications for bolus administration
- 1. Obtaining information about neoplasms
- 2. Varicose veins.
- 3. Inflammation in the joints.
- 4. The study of the vascular network.
- 5. Confirmation of the diagnosis.
Contraindications for the introduction of contrast
- • allergy to contrast;
- • severe renal and hepatic diseases;
- • pregnancy;
- • lactation.
What are the risks of CT limbs
Computed tomography is a safe examination procedure for the patient. Our office is equipped with the most advanced equipment providing a minimum dose of radiation.
How to prepare for CT limbs
For a planned examination of the lower extremities, preparation is not needed. In the case of a contrast study, you should stop eating 6 hours before the session. On CT, you need to dress comfortably, remove all metal from yourself, and remove gadgets from your pockets.
Having studied the images, the radiologist in our office will describe them in detail in the Diagnostic Report. The patient will receive digital copies of the pictures with their description. Based on a CT scan of the legs, the attending physician will select the most effective course of treatment.