What does it consist of?
Once you have been placed on the CT table, it will begin to rotate around your body to obtain cross-sectional projections of bones, blood vessels and soft tissues, which are subsequently grouped using Artificial Intelligence. Instead of obtaining a single image, as occurs with conventional radiography, CT obtains multiple images with higher quality and sharpness, which increases diagnostic precision.
TYPES OF OSTEOARTICULAR CT
What explorations do we perform?
- Arm CT. Study of the area that includes the upper and lower part of the arm.
- Shoulder CT. Explore the shoulder area and the joints that surround it.
- Clavicle CT. Examine possible cracks or breaks, among other injuries, in the clavicle bone.
- Hand CT. Explore possible injuries to ligaments, tendons, and small joints in the hand.
- Wrist CT. Study of the wrist bone and the joints that surround it.
- Finger CT. It allows to diagnose frequent capsulitis due to trauma, tendon ruptures and osteoarthritis.
- Maxillary CT. Three-dimensional study of the maxillary bones, the pieces of bone or cartilage, in which the teeth are embedded.
- Knee CT. Explore possible knee ligament and tendon injuries.
- Spine CT. Explore possible injuries in the cervical, lumbar and dorsal area.
How should you prepare?
- Contrast administration: Most CT tests require the administration of contrast, either orally or through a vein. This allows the internal structures of the body to be visualized more clearly.
- Hydration: It is recommended that you come to the test well hydrated, having drunk at least one liter of water during the ten hours prior to the study. This makes it easier to remove contrast from the body.
- Metal objects: The technician will give you the necessary instructions, provide you with a gown, and ask you to remove any metal objects (jewelry, watches, piercings, hairpins, cell phones, dentures, and hearing aids).
- Cardiac devices: It is important that you inform the technician about any devices that you have implanted in your body (pacemakers, electrodes, and clips from previous surgeries). It is important that you inform the technician about any devices that you have implanted in your body (pacemakers, electrodes and clips from previous surgeries).