What is a CT scan of the kidney?
CT scan is a type of X-ray and computer imaging that can take detailed images of bones, muscles, fat, limbs, and blood vessels. CT scan images are more detailed than regular X-ray images.
Scanner devise for CT scan of the kidney
On a CT scan, X-rays travel around the body, allowing an organ to be imaged at different angles. X-ray information is transmitted to the computer and the computer interprets this information and displays it on the monitor. In some tests, you may need to take a dye either orally or by intravenous injection; Which may be commonly known as a CT scan of the kidney by injection. This substance helps to better identify that part of your body in the image.
A kidney CT scan can provide more accurate information about kidney damage and complications than a regular X-ray test. A kidney CT scan can help your doctor more easily diagnose problems such as tumors and appendages, obstructive complications such as kidney stones, congenital anomalies, polycystic kidney disease, fluid accumulation around the kidneys, and the location of pus. Your doctor may use other methods to diagnose kidney problems.
Kidney tumor, kidney CT scan
Why is a kidney scan needed?
A kidney CT scan can be used to check for the following:
Tumors and other lesions
Obstructions such as kidney stones
Infectious inflammation (kidney inflammation)
Polycystic kidney disease
CT scans can also be used in cases where physical examinations and X-rays are not conclusive. A kidney CT scan is also used to examine the back of the abdomen. It is also used during biopsy and biopsy of the kidney to determine the exact position of the needle and its correct location.
In addition, when a kidney is removed from the body, the doctor uses a CT scan to check the empty space of the kidney and the presence of unusual lumps there. However, your doctor may order an abdominal CT scan for other reasons.
Pregnant lady and CT scan
What are the complications of a kidney CT scan?
The harms of X-ray exposure can be related to how often you use X-ray therapies. Tell the specialist if you have any of the following conditions:
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. X-ray exposure during pregnancy can lead to birth defects.
If you are allergic to medications, dyes, local anesthetics, iodine, and latex.
If you have kidney failure or any kidney problems. In some cases, pigments can lead to kidney failure. People with kidney disease are more likely to have kidney damage after using dyes.
If you are taking diabetes medication. In this case, you may be exposed to metabolic acidosis (acidification of the blood), which is dangerous.
You may have other problems that put you at risk. In these cases, be sure to inform your doctor.
Cases that can cause CT scans to be inaccurate include:
Metal objects such as hooks or surgical braces on the body
Residual barium in your gut leftover from recent tests
Recent experiments using dyes or other special materials
Diet Abstinence CT scan of the kidneys
Preparation for CT scan of kidney and urinary tract
Your doctor will give you a full explanation and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
If you need to use dyes on a CT scan, you will be asked to sign a consent form. Please read the form carefully and ask if you think something is not clear.
You have probably been told not to eat or drink for several hours before the CT scan.
Be sure to tell the expert if you have any allergies to experimental dyes or iodine.
There is usually no need to stop eating and drinking before a CT scan unless a dye is used. In this case, you will be notified. Be sure to tell an expert if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Follow any instructions given to you before the CT scan to prepare.