What Is a CT Scan of the Neck?
Computed tomography (CT) scan (also known as CAT scan) of the neck is a painless radiology exam. This is performed to examine the neck area in a non-invasive manner. In this scan, multiple images of the bones, soft tissues, and organs of the neck are generated.
The neck CT scan helps doctors in detecting inflammatory conditions, tumors, and injuries; and evaluating other abnormalities in the larynx, trachea, and blood vessels.
The CT scan of the neck may be done with or without the use of a contrast material (dye) that is either taken by mouth (orally) or injected into the veins. When the contrast material is used, the organs are seen more clearly in the scanned images.
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|1||Who Should Get a CT Scan of the Neck?|
|2||How Is the CT Scan of the Neck Performed?|
|3||How Long Does a CT Scan of the Neck Take?|
|4||Is Radiation Involved in CT Scan of the Neck?|
|5||When Will I Receive My Results?|
|6||How Do I Prepare? Do I Need to Fast?|
Who Should Get a CT Scan of the Neck?
Your doctor may recommend a CT scan of the neck if you have one or more of the following symptoms or ailments:
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Vocal cord paralysis
How Is the CT Scan of the Neck Performed?
- Before starting the CT scan of the neck, you will have to remove all the metal objects on your body, including eyeglasses, jewelry, hairpins, and dentures.
- A technologist will ask you to lie still on the CT scanner table, which will move slowly through a doughnut-shaped machine.
- An X-ray beam will move in a circle around your neck and will take multiple images that will be displayed on a monitor.
- During the scan, the technologist will ask you to hold your breath for 10 to 12 seconds at certain points. Make sure you don’t move during the scan as any movement can blur the images.
In case, your doctor has asked you to take a neck CT scan with contrast, then a contrast dye will be injected into your vein shortly before the scan begins.
How Long Does a CT Scan of the Neck Take?
A CT scan of the neck is usually completed within 40 minutes. This includes 20 minutes for preparation and 20 minutes for the scan.
Is Radiation Involved in CT Scan of the Neck?
Yes. CT scan is an imaging test, which involves a small amount of radiation to show images of the organs, tissues, and bones of the neck.
When Will I Receive My Results?
Once the CAT scan of the neck is 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 given below 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.