What is a CT Spine?

A specialized, computer guided procedure performed to look at the anatomy of specific areas of the spine including the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine.

What to expect?

The procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes. Sometimes an injection of dye is given to help see the blood vessels and finer structures of the spine.

What are some of the common uses?

CT scanning of the spine is typically used to:

  • Help diagnose spinal pain.  One of the most common causes of spinal pain that may be diagnosed by CT is a herniated intervertebral disc
  • Evaluate the spine before and after surgery
  • Detect various types of tumors in the vertebral column, including those that have spread there from area of the body

What to do?

There is no preparation necessary for this test. After the test drink more fluids to help get rid of the dye unless you are instructed not to do so.

How will I learn the results?

A neuroradiologist will review and analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.

For More Information

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 888.364.6400.

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