CT urological complex
The medical field of urology treats the urinary system. The most accurate diagnosis of kidney and bladder diseases is x-ray computed tomography (CT urology). As a result of a non-invasive and safe examination, a volumetric layer-by-layer snapshot of organs and tissues is obtained, which makes it possible to make the most correct diagnosis with a minimum radiation dose
Time: from 20 to 50 minutes (with contrast) Preliminary preparation: needed Contraindications: none Restrictions: allergic reaction to contrast, young children, pregnancy, lactation, severe diabetes mellitus, weight more than 150 kg Preparation time for conclusion: 30-50 minutes Price of CT of the urinary tract: 1500 UAH without contrast, 3300 UAH with contrast.
The purpose of CT urology
The study aims to identify urinary tract inflammation, kidney stones, oncology, various abnormalities in the structure of the genitourinary and urinary systems, and to examine the kidneys for consequences after injuries.
Indications for CT scan of the urinary system
- 1. Post-traumatic condition.
- 2. Frequent urination, urinary incontinence.
- 3. Pain during urination.
- 4. Blood in the urine.
- 5. Renal colic.
- 6. Suspicion of the presence of neoplasms in the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate gland and metastases.
- 7. Infections in the urinary system.
- 8. Urolithiasis, nephritis, polycystic kidney disease.
- 9. Anomalies in the development of the genitourinary system.
- 10. Assessment of the course of the postoperative, rehabilitation period.
- 11. Before the operation.
How does the CT scan of the urinary system go?
The patient is laid on his back (arms above his head) on a mobile table of the tomograph. The patient is in the office alone, communication with the doctor – through the speakerphone. The table begins to move, the tomograph ring – rotation. It is necessary to lie down without the slightest movement, at the request of a doctor, hold your breath. Complications, discomfort, pain are absent.
The introduction of a contrast medium (bolus)
Most often, for a CT scan of the kidneys, an iodine-containing contrast agent is used that stains pathological areas that become clearly visible in the picture. A healthy bolus is injected into an vein by an anesthetist. The patient may feel a fever, mild nausea, taste in the mouth. The contrast agent is completely eliminated from the body in a day.
Indications for bolus administration
- 1. Suspicion of the presence of neoplasms.
- 2. Early diagnosis of oncology, clarification of the stage of cancer, clarification of the location, size, contours of the tumor.
- 3. Identification of pathologies of organs, abscesses, urinary flow.
- 4. Diagnosis of inflammation, prostate cancer, testicles.
Contraindications for the introduction of contrast
- • allergy to iodine;
- • women “in position” and nursing mothers;
- • bleeding;
- • violation of the integrity of the urinary system and the penetration of urine into the tissue (urinary leakage).
What are the risks of a CT scan of the urinary system?
CT examination is an absolutely safe diagnostic method. Our office is equipped with modern equipment that provides a minimum dose of radiation. A pregnant woman must inform the doctor of her situation so that special precautions are taken.
How to prepare for a CT scan of the urinary system
During the week before a CT scan, you must follow a diet (do not eat foods that contribute to increased gas formation). 6 hours before the procedure, you need to refrain from eating, make a cleansing enema. For examination, you should put on comfortable clothes, take off all the metal from yourself, including dentures, glasses, remove gadgets from clothes.
Obtaining and decoding CT results
The obtained images are processed by a special computer program, displayed on the screen, studied and described by a radiologist. The patient receives digital layered pictures with a description. Dear customers of our office! Computed tomography allows you to see inflammation of the urinary organs, the presence of cysts, stones, tumors, and other pathologies in them. Accurate visual information allows the doctor to determine the diagnosis and develop the optimal and most effective treatment plan.