What is a CT scan?
CT stands for Computed Tomography Scan. It is a medically accepted method to obtain images of the cross section of any part of the body. This is the one of the most basic scan and can provide an accurate image of the organs and networks of the human body. It helps doctors get a look into the body without conducting surgery on the patient. It can be used to scan any part of the body, for example – abdomen, chest, head, etc. It is better than the X-Ray because it can reveal structures of all types of tissue and not just bone. Angiograms are just CT scans taken of the arteries and veins by using a special contrast medium made form iodine.
What is a CT PET scan and how much does it cost?
A CT PET scan is a new technique of medical imaging that takes a PET scan first and then a CT scan and superposes the images to form an image that gives the internal structure and depicts level of activity in tissues. It reduces time and work consumed in taking both the scans individually. A CT PET scan in Delhi may cost up to Rs.25,000 depending on the nature of the scan. That’s a very high price. You know what to do; just give us a call and we will assist you in finding the right place.
The Cost of CT scans in Delhi
A CT scan in Delhi can cost anywhere between Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 depending on the area of the body being scanned and the center. Due to the various advancements in the field of CT scanning, there has been a considerable hike in the cost. We offer up to 35% discounts on the CT scans irrespective of the area of the body being scanned. Some centers charge more because of the unnecessary equipment they need to maintain. Do not be fooled by some scan centers which advertise themselves to be the best diagnostic centers; just remember you will be paying for all the cost the scan center incurs from advertising. You’re just a call away from availing the lowest rates for CT scans in Delhi.
How to prepare yourself for a CT scan?
Your doctor may advise you not to consume any food foe a given period of time (depending on the part of the body being scanned) because it may affect the quality of the image. Please consult your doctor in advance if you are pregnant or expecting a baby soon. Let your doctor know of any medications that you may be taking and also consult your gynecologist if you are nursing your baby. Do not carry any electrical or magnetic material into the scan room. Make sure you wear loose fitting clothes for the scan, if the scan center does not provide lab gowns. Inform your doctor about your allergies to contrast mediums that may have to be ingested by you as your doctor may give you a suppressor promptly.
How is the CT scan conducted?
If you have been asked to get a contrasted image then the radiologist will inject a contrast medium through the intra-venous pathway. Then the lab technician or radiologist will assist you to get ready for the scan after you have answered all the questions been put forward. Once you are in the scan room, you will be laid onto a sliding tray which moves in and out of the CT scanner (which is doughnut shaped in structure). Once you are secured into the required position the scan commences and takes about 10 minutes overall. After the scan you may redress and await your result and go for a consultation too.
- The dose of radiation and its magnitude is less compared to an MRI scan.
- It can provide 3D images for one-time diagnosis.
- It has a very good contrast so there won’t be chances of repeating the scan to improve accuracy.
Risks involved in CT Scans
Since the radiation level used by the CT scans are moderate, you do not risk radiation exposure. Other than the reactions to the contrast mediums used by certain centers, they are no adverse effects from CT scans.
Types of CT scans
- Abdominal CT scan: this scan is primarily recommended to diagnose any abnormality in the organs of the digestive system such as small intestine, liver, stomach, etc. It is used to detect abdominal diseases such as cancer and examine severe abdominal pain. It is also generally used to determine the stage of the cancer and follow up its treatment.
- Cardiac CT scan: it is also called a chest CT scan. This scan is utilized to investigate any abnormality in the complex network of blood vessels and the heart. It is used to diagnose any tumors in the lungs. A Chest CT is a very efficient way to follow up the progress of a cancer in the thoracic region. Lung disease such as emphysema, cystic fibrosis can be easily detected using a Chest CT scan.
- Head CT scan: this scan is used to obtain an image of the brain and the skull. It helps in detecting any injuries and clots formed in the brain due to severe injury. Brain tumors are also diagnosed by a head CT scan. Calcifications, bone injuries, internal hemorrhage and infarction (tissue death) can be quickly detected using Head CT scans.
- Pulmonary Angiogram: by using a contrast medium such as iodine the pulmonary blood vessels a contrasted image can be obtained. It is primarily used to detect pulmonary embolism which may lead to further complications.
- CT scan of Extremities: fractures such as open compound ones need a CT scan reveal any damage to the major blood vessels surrounding the region of trauma. It helps doctors map out the order in which the surgery will be conducted.