Cervical soft tissue CT scan
CT scans of the cervical soft tissue usually reveal lesions and diseases of the lymph nodes, thyroid, parathyroid glands, and cervical vessels, nasal and oral cavities, pharynx, and larynx.
It is also used for the examination of traumas and other injuries, acute inflammatory processes.
How to prepare for the cervical soft tissue CT scan?
It is always necessary to consult your doctor before a CT scan, because due to the radiation exposure, the CT scan can only be performed on the basis of a medical indication. The native test does not require any special preparation. However, it is recommended that you do not consume food 6 hours before the examination to allow the contrast agent to be administered if necessary.
Metformin medications for diabetes should be discontinued 48 hours prior to the examination and resumed 48 hours after the examination.
How is the CT scan performed?
A CT device is like a large, thick ring with a table moving at the bottom, you lie still on that table while the images are being taken. The device makes a humming sound during operation, but there is no need to be afraid of this.
When is it not recommended?
This test is performed with X-rays and is therefore contraindicated during pregnancy because it may be dangerous to the fetus. In rare cases, if it is medically indicated – but only after a certain week of pregnancy – we also examine pregnant women with a CT scan.
Does it have any side effects?
The test has no side effects, the patient does not feel pain during the examination. A contrast agent can very rarely cause a reaction, but anyone who is allergic to it will not be examined with it.
When will you receive your results?
The completed recording will be reviewed by the radiologist and the result will be available in our online system after 3 workdays.