What is a CT Scan of the Lumbar Spine?

CT Scan (also known as CAT Scan) of the Lumbar Spine is a painless radiology exam which may be performed to examine the lumbar spine area in a non-invasive manner. It aids doctors in detecting spinal damage and tumors, diagnosing causes of pain, and evaluating other abnormalities in the lumbar spine.

Who should get this test?

CT Scan of the Lumbar Spine is usually ordered by doctors if you have these indications:

  • Trauma
  • Herniated Disk
  • Masses or tumors and other lesions
  • Structural anomalies (e.g. congenital defects of the spine)
  • Blood vessel malformations
  • Unclear or inconclusive results

Is there radiation involved?

Yes. CT Scan is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.


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