CT of the lungs (Low Dose)
Computed tomography of the lungs is a painless, most informative, highly accurate, using the minimum dose of X-rays, a method for the diagnosis of various pulmonary diseases. A three-dimensional image allows you to see even the most minor changes in the structure of lung tissue and blood vessels. A low-dose helical CT scan is used to diagnose (screen) lung cancer. The main advantage of the study is the minimum dose of radiation and obtaining detailed x-ray images, in which it is really possible to see neoplasms at the earliest stages and the smallest sizes.
Result – images of the lungs from different angles,
Time: from 15 to 30 minutes (with contrast) Preliminary preparation: not required; if contrast is used, limit food intake for 6 hours; Contraindications: none; Restrictions: allergic reaction to contrast; young children; pregnancy; disorders, weight more than 150 kg. Preparation of the conclusion: 30-60 minutes.
Price of CT of lungs in Kiev
: 1000 UAH.
The purpose of low-dose CT diagnostics of the lungs
- 1. Detection of lung pathologies.
- 2. Differentiation of benign tumors from malignant tumors and tuberculosis.
- 3. Determining the stage of cancer, tumor size, spread of metastases.
- 4. Identification of inflammation (pleurisy, embolism, emphysema, pneumonia, etc.).
- 5. Clarification of the diagnosis after fluorography.
Indications for CT scan of the lungs
The attending physician prescribes a detailed spiral CT of the lungs with:
- • enlarged lymph nodes (chest and axillary);
- • unclear pains in the chest area;
- • before and after surgery;
- • to monitor the treatment of pulmonary diseases (pneumonia, tuberculosis, asthma, embolism, emphysema, etc.);
- • chest injury;
- • ingestion of a foreign body;
- • incomprehensible cough with purulent and bloody secretions for a long time;
- • shortness of breath, passing into suffocation;
- • suspected oncology;
- • for the prevention of cancer in heavy smokers.
How does the low-dose CT scan of the lungs go?
Before the procedure, the patient removes metal objects and lays on the mobile table of the tomograph. The patient is in the office alone. Communication with the doctor is done through a selector. The table begins to move, the tomograph rotates spirally, scanning the studied area of the chest. The patient should lie still, holding the breath at the command of the doctor. The resulting sliced images are transferred to the computer, processed by a special program and displayed on the monitor. The CT procedure does not cause any discomfort.
The introduction of a contrast medium (bolus)
In certain cases, CT is performed with the introduction of an iodine-based contrast agent into the vein. Bolus helps in better visualization of the lungs: possible malignant tumors, their boundaries and metastasis. tuberculosis is easily diagnosed.
Indications for bolus administration:
- • suspicion of neoplasms and metastatic process;
- • tuberculosis;
- • thromboembolism;
- • pneumonia;
- • arterial and venous diseases;
- • foreign bodies;
- • lingering cough and high body temperature of unknown origin;
- • shortness of breath and suffocation;
- • constant aching chest pains;
- • hemoptysis;
- • early diagnosis of lung cancer in smokers.
Contraindications for the introduction of contrast
Contrast is contraindicated:
- • patients with an iodine allergy;
- • people with asthma;
- • pregnant women and nursing mothers;
- • young children;
- • relapses in the liver and kidneys.
What are the risks of having a lung CT scan?
CT examination procedure is a safe diagnosis for human health. Our office is equipped with the most advanced equipment providing a minimum dose of radiation. A man in two years of life receives the same dose of radiation.
How to prepare for a CT scan of the lungs
To conduct CT diagnostics, you must remove all metal objects from yourself, bring to the attention of a radiologist information about existing chronic diseases and medications taken. In case of using a bolus, the patient should not eat for 6 hours before the examination.
After receiving the images, the radiologist examines, analyzes and describes them. The patient is given digital copies of the pictures with a detailed description, signature and stamp. Our CT-cabinet has a program for automatic image quality control. The results of low-dose CT of the lungs are sufficient to make an accurate diagnosis and choose an effective treatment.