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Test Details
Test Code:RA0197
Test Name:Chest and upper abdomen CT scan
Test Details & Preparation
Thoracic CT (computed tomography) is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the chest and upper abdomen.

You may be asked to change into a hospital gown for a Thoracic CT test. You lie on a narrow table that slides into the centre of the scanner. Once you are inside the scanner, the machine's x-ray beam rotates around you. You must be still during the exam, because movement causes blurred images. You may be told to hold your breath for short periods of time. The complete scan takes 30 seconds to a few minutes.

Certain CT scans require a special dye, called contrast, to be delivered into the body before the test starts. Contrast highlights specific areas inside the body and creates a clearer image. If your doctor requests a CT scan with intravenous contrast, you will be given it through a vein (IV) in your arm or hand. A blood test to measure your kidney function may be done before the test. This test is to make sure your kidneys are healthy enough to filter the contrast.

Chest and upper abdomen CT scan may be done after a chest injury when a tumour s suspected, including a solitary pulmonary nodule seen on a chest x-ray to determine the size, shape, and position of organs in the chest and upper abdomen to look for bleeding or fluid collections in the lungs or other areas to look for infection or inflammation in the chest and to look for blood clots in the lungs.

Results of a chest and upper abdomen CT scan may show many disorders of the heart, lungs, or chest area, including abnormalities of the blood vessels in the lungs build-up of blood or fluid collection of fluid around the lungs damage to, and widening of the large airways of the lungs, etc.

CT scans and other x-rays are strictly monitored and controlled to make sure they use the least amount of radiation. CT scans use low levels of ionizing radiation, which has the potential to cause cancer and other defects. However, the risk from any one scan is small.
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