THE DIAGNOSTICS CENTER
The spiral computed tomography (CT) is a diagnostic method that involves X-rays to achieve images from the interior of patient’s body. Therefore doctor’s referral is necessary to perform this examination. In the Carolina Medical Center we use the Philips Brilliance CT 40 unit.
Computed tomography in the Carolina Medical Center is used in case of:
- patients after intraarticular fractures before planned surgery
- assessment of postoperative complications (e.g. assessment of coalescence of bones disorders)
- assessment of patellofemoral joint
- assessment of limbs/bones rotation
- precise assessment of skeletal structure – inflammations, tumours
- assessment of intra-articular structures after intra-articular administration of contrast – arthro-CT
- patients with contraindications for MRI (e.g. patients with metal implants, pacemakers).
Test results are handed to patient on a CD/DVD directly after the procedure.
Test uses ionizing radiation and cannot be repeated any number of times. It is important to follow our lab workers indications before and during the procedure.
- patient should bring every past examination and test results with him (especially past CT scans)
- in case of examination with contrast, patient has to arrive on an empty stomach (for at least 6 hours)
- during the test patient has to be in a loose clothing without any metal elements. Patient may be asked to take off piece of garments that can have negative impact on a quality of images
- the examination can be performed in any moment of the menstrual cycle, but it is recommended to perform a test up to tenth day of a cycle (to avoid radiation risk in case of an earlier, undetected pregnancy)
- during the procedure the doctor may decide that it is necessary to intravenously apply contrast, that is why it is recommended for the patient to have a current creatinine ratio (eGFR) in the blood.
Before the examination, you have to submit:
- any allergic reactions, e.g. for contrast
- bleeding tendencies
- pregnancy or suspected pregnancy
After the procedure:
- to expel contrast more easily from the organism, it is recommended to consume large amounts of liquids (approx. 2.5 litre of still water or sugar-free beverages during next 24 hours)
Patient is obligated to report any dizziness, nausea, metallic taste and palpitations.