CT Scan Without Dye - Thoracic Spine

This test uses X-rays to create detailed images of the bones and discs in the middle part of the spine (thoracic spine).




This test uses X-rays to create detailed images of the bones and discs in the middle part of the spine (thoracic spine).



A CT scan of the middle part of the spine (thoracic spine) is a test that uses X-rays to create detailed images of the bones and discs in that area.

Here are some things you should know before having a CT scan:

  • A CT scan is painless.
  • You may be told not to eat or drink for at least four hours before the test.
  • You must lie still during the exam. Moving could blur the images.
  • Generally, a complete scan takes only a few minutes; new scanners work even faster.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?

  • Can I eat before the test? If not, how many hours before the test should I stop eating?
  • Do I need to have the test with dye? If I do, should I be concerned if I have allergies?
  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear steps to follow.)
  • Are you ordering any tests? Why do I need the test? What is the reason for the test? Are the test results likely to change my treatment plan?
  • Are there any less expensive, but effective, alternatives to my getting this test?

Source UHC.com

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CT Scan Without Dye - Thoracic Spine
CT Scan


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