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CECT Spine (Lumbar Spine) is a diagnostic imaging procedure that combines computed tomography (CT) scanning with the use of a contrast material to visualize and evaluate the structures and abnormalities in the lumbar region of the spine.

During the procedure, a contrast material is typically injected into a vein in your arm. This contrast material helps highlight the structures in the lumbar spine, including the vertebrae, intervertebral discs, nerve roots, and blood vessels. The CT scanner takes multiple X-ray images from different angles, and a computer reconstructs these images into detailed cross-sectional views of the spine.

CECT Spine of the Lumbar region is commonly used to assess and diagnose conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, fractures, infections, tumors, or other abnormalities affecting the area.

Pre-Test Preparation:

  1. Fasting: In most cases, fasting is not necessary for a CECT Spine (Lumbar Spine) scan. However, specific instructions may vary depending on the imaging facility and the specific condition being evaluated. It’s best to follow any fasting instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the imaging facility.
  2. Medication: Inform your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements. They may provide specific instructions regarding whether you should continue or temporarily stop taking certain medications before the test.
  3. Allergies: If you have a known allergy to contrast materials or iodine, inform your healthcare provider beforehand. They may take appropriate measures to minimize the risk of an allergic reaction, such as prescribing medications or using alternative contrast agents.
  4. Medical History: Provide your complete medical history, including any previous surgeries, current medical conditions, and allergies. This information will help your healthcare provider assess any potential risks or complications and tailor the procedure accordingly.
  5. Clothing: You may be asked to change into a hospital gown before the procedure. It’s advisable to wear loose and comfortable clothing to the imaging facility to facilitate the process.