Frequent question: What is a CT scan of cervical spine?

What does a CT scan of cervical spine show?

A CT scan of the cervical spine can help find problems such as infection, tumours, and breaks in the cervical spine. It also can help diagnose narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) and a herniated disc in the cervical spine.

How long does a CT scan of the cervical spine take?

The technologist will always be able to see and hear you during your exam. You will be asked to hold very still and at times to hold your breath. This procedure usually takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

What can I expect from a CT scan of the spine?

A CT scan of your cervical- thoracic -and lumbar spine allows the radiologist to look at different levels or slices of the middle back using a rotating X-ray beam. The radiologist is able to view each slice to assess for injuries, including ruptured disks and other bony abnormalities.

Does a CT scan show nerve damage?

A CT scan will highlight any problems with bone and tissue, but they won’t help much in determining nerve damage. X-rays, also, are not very effective in picking up neural subtleties, but they will show if there is a break, fracture, or if something is out of place in the musculoskeletal system.

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Are there side effects to a CT scan?

Most of the time, the reaction is mild. It can lead to itchiness or a rash. In very few cases, the dye may trigger a life-threatening reaction. For this reason, your health care provider may want to monitor you for a short period after your CT scan.

Will a CT scan show cervical stenosis?

The doctor will look for areas of compression, or pressure, on the nerves. CT scans done in conjunction with myelography are particularly helpful diagnosing lumbar spinal stenosis.