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Computer Tomography (CT)

Computer Tomography (CT)

Multislice Computed Tomography (also known as Computed Tomography or CT) - an X-ray examination method that provides thin cross-sectional images (0.5-5.0mm) of the human body and organs. These images can be analyzed to obtain various measurements and reconstruct images in other planes, which helps to evaluate the anatomical properties, relationships, and the spread of pathological processes in organs, blood vessels, and other structures. The referring physician orders the CT scan. The physician also informs the patient about the actions that need to be taken to prepare for the CT scan.

Multislice CT examinations are performed for:

  • Brain, nasal sinuses, and middle ear;
  • CT angiography
  • Vertebrae and intervertebral discs;
  • Lungs and mediastinum;
  • Abdominal organs, pelvic organs;
  • Bones and joints and etc.

What happens during the procedure?

During a computer tomography examination, the patient is placed on a special table around which the X-ray tube rotates during the examination. The examination is not painful or uncomfortable for the patient. It is very important that the patient remains still on the examination table. During chest and abdominal examinations, the patient must hold their breath for a few seconds. The duration of the procedure varies significantly (15-40 minutes) depending on the body part being examined. In some cases, it is necessary to administer a contrast agent intravenously during the examination, which usually causes a sensation of warmth. This is a normal phenomenon and does not indicate dangerous side effects to the contrast agent. The examination report consists of two parts (the examination images and the radiologist's description). The patient can receive the examination images immediately after the procedure, while the examination report is provided within 7-10 working days.

How to prepare for the procedure?

  • For an abdominal CT scan, the patient should arrive on an empty stomach (do not eat for 3 hours before the procedure). If necessary, the patient must drink a contrast agent before the procedure. It is not harmful and does not cause unpleasant side effects.
  • Since a contrast agent is often required for a CT scan, it is necessary to determine the patient's kidney biochemistry - creatinine and urea levels in the blood - before the examination. The contrast agent must not be administered if the patient is allergic to iodine! In such cases, the patient must inform the medical staff in advance.
  • To avoid poor quality images, the patient must remove all metallic objects, jewelry, etc., before the examination.

The radiation dose during this procedure is higher than that of a regular X-ray, but the risk of the examination is minimal and there are no side effects. The examination is not recommended for pregnant women.

Premium Medical Clinic can arrange appointments for CT scans in collaboration with the medical institutions DiaMed, ARS, and Riga 1st Hospital. For more detailed information, please contact the Premium Medical Clinic call center at +371 66011160, +371 24881111, or via email at info@premiummedical.lv .