Computerized tomography of thoracic cavity is one of the most informative techniques for visualization of ribs, sternum and mediastinum organs. It is recognized as the “gold standard” of radiological study.
This type of diagnostics is performed with the use of high-technology devices, tomographs. The method is based on the ability of X-rays to reduce their intensity when they pass through tissues. In the result of the computed processing high-quality, clear layer-by-layer images of the region of interest are received that allow for diagnosing of pathologies of bronchial tubes, lungs and heart, change in lymph nodes, vessels, esophagus and osseous structures.
Computerized tomography of lungs and other thoracic organs may be traditional (step-by-step) and spiral (single-slice and multi-slice). In the first case, scanning of one tomographic slice is performed, in the second case, the data from the whole organ being examined are received. Spiral CT allows to reconstruct and to take a close look at up to 640 slices.
In some cases, diagnostics may be performed even on the patients put on mechanical ventilation.
Before the beginning of the examination, a specialist talks to a patient in order to:
After that, the patient’s body is fixed on a special table and moved to the tomograph camera. The procedure lasts of about half an hour.
The price for computerized tomography of lungs is relatively low, so this type of diagnostics is available to everybody who has indications to it.
Important note. If you feel worse or have a panic attack during the procedure, please let the medical staff know.
Remember that you should not eat and drink for hours before a CT of thoracic organs with contrast agent.
CT of thoracic organs is an important diagnostic procedure, so we advice to undergo it only in a professional facility.
Article author: Andriy Ratushnyuk
Publication date: 19.12.2020
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