CT Scan With Dye - Soft Tissues of Neck

This is a test that uses X-rays to create detailed images of the soft tissues in your neck.




This is a test that uses X-rays to create detailed images of the soft tissues in your neck.



This CT scan uses X-rays to create detailed images of the soft tissues in your neck.

  • This test is done after a dye is put into a vein in your arm or hand.
  • The dye helps to highlight the structures so they can be seen better.

Your healthcare provider may recommend this test to check on:

  • The muscles, ligaments and tendons in your neck
  • Other structures in your neck, such as the thyroid, parathyroid and parotid glands

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

  • A CT scan is painless.
  • You must lie still during the exam, because moving could blur the images.
  • Generally, a complete scan takes only a few minutes; new scanners work even faster.
  • The contrast dye may cause you to feel flushed or to have a bad taste in your mouth for a short time.

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.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Are the test results likely to change my treatment plan? If not, why do I need the test?
  • Are there any less expensive, but effective, alternatives to my getting this test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Soft Tissue CT Scan
Neck Scan
Neck CT Scan
CT Scan With Dye - Soft Tissues of Neck
CT Scan


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