A neurological computed tomography (CT) scan is a non-invasive imaging test used to look at structures in your spinal cord and brain. CT scans create images using X-rays, a type of ionizing radiation.
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When is a Neuro CT Scan Used?
Neurological CT scan is used to help diagnose a number of neurological conditions, including:
In certain situations, neurological CT scan may be done in conjunction with a lumbar puncture procedure (fluid injection) to help highlight the structures of the spinal canal. Neurological CT scans may be performed with or without the injection of contrast dye.
What to Expect During a Spinal Cord or Brain CT Scan
When performed without the use of contrast dye, a neurological CT scan is a painless, non-invasive procedure that takes up to an hour.
After changing into a hospital gown, you will be asked to lie on a table that travels through the opening of the CT scanner. You will need to be as still as possible during the procedure. You can request to be sedated if you are feeling claustrophobic.
If contrast dye is used, you will receive an intravenous (IV) injection. After receiving the contrast dye injection, some people report a metallic taste or feeling cold or hot. Tell the technician about any unusual problems.
If a lumbar puncture is performed, you may temporarily feel moderate discomfort from the removal of spinal fluid. The overall procedure will take another hour or more, including recovery time.
Recovering After a Neurological CT Scan in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV
After your CT scan is complete, your IV line will be removed, if used. You may return to your normal activities. The neurological CT scan itself does not require any recovery time and is considered very safe.
If you had a lumbar puncture along with your CT scan, you might be told to rest for the next 24 hours. Headache is the most common complication of a lumbar puncture. Notify your doctor if your headache lasts more than a few hours or if you experience bleeding from the puncture site, tingling or numbness in your legs, or any other unusual symptoms.
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