Computed tomography (CT) of the chest — is a highly informative and simple method of layer-by-layer visualization of the structure of organs in a given area and tracking pathologies at various stages. The survey can produce a volumetric model or set of high-resolution 2D images of an area less than a millimeter thick. The method is irreplaceable for detecting injuries, tumors, hemorrhages, etc.
Contrast is used to enhance visualization in CT scans of the chest. The component is administered in a small dose intravenously and is evenly distributed over the tissues. It allows studying the blood supply to organs, assessing the patency of the vessels, and, in the presence of a neoplasm, accurately determining the location of the pathological focus.
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Indications, contraindications and preparation
Chest computed tomography is performed in the radiology department. The doctor will refer the patient for a CT scan in the following cases:
- suspected neoplasm in the heart, lungs, pleura, joints, mediastinum, and sternum;
- determination of the location of tumors and their size;
- diagnostics after injuries;
- planning of radiation therapy;
- if you suspect pleurisy, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, pneumonia;
- decline of a lobe or a whole lung, etc.
Also, the examination is carried out before the prescribed operation or after it to analyze the effectiveness of therapy.
Computed tomography is a safe procedure, as it is not harmful to health and can be performed as many times as necessary. However, there are contraindications to the study, such as:
- intolerance to preparations containing iodine;
- the presence of tattoos;
- bronchial asthma;
- pregnancy and lactation period;
- acute exacerbations of allergic diseases;
- renal or hepatic impairment;
- mental disorders;
- inability to remain motionless.
Tell your doctor about the peculiarities of your body, existing diseases, or allergies. This will help the specialist find a safe examination.
No special preparation for CT of the chest is required. The main requirements for the conduction are to remove all metal objects, including underwear with iron bones.
Sign up for a computed tomography of the chest at the clinic of Academician Roitberg "Medicina" by phone in Moscow: +7 (495) 775-73-60.