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What is NCCT scan?

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What is NCCT scan?

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Published At April 26, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

What is NCCT scan? Does it have any side effect?

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com. NCCT, or non-contrast computerized tomography, is an advanced imaging technique akin to an elevated form of X-ray. It involves the acquisition of multiple X-ray images of the targeted body area, which are then assembled to create a more detailed image compared to standard X-rays. Singular scans do not pose any side effects; however, the accumulation of multiple scans can carry a radiation risk. Generally regarded as a safe procedure, NCCT entails a brief period within a closed chamber, and the process itself takes just a few seconds. Notably, no contrast agent is administered during this scan. The application of contrast substance designates it as a contrast-enhanced scan.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Does single scan mean a single time or a single shot?

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com. A single scan refers to an image obtained during a single session, usually lasting only a few seconds. This involves capturing multiple shots as the scan progresses from the top to the bottom of the targeted body area. Conducting a single scan is generally safe and does not entail substantial radiation exposure. If required, opting for this procedure is reasonable. Alternatively, MRI offers superior image quality and eliminates the radiation risk entirely, but it comes with a higher cost and time investment. MRI sessions typically last around 45 minutes and may vary based on specific diagnostic needs.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

This is for the brain. Is there any harm doing it on the brain?

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com. Rest assured, there's no need for any concerns as the procedure is entirely safe. In the context of brain imaging, MRI is also a viable option, offering improved visualization of brain parenchyma, while bone structures are better seen through NCCT. The choice between the two depends on the clinical indications. In your case, an NCCT has been suggested, indicating no need to worry about potential side effects from a single scan. For repeated scans, we can have a thorough discussion if necessary. Your well-being is our priority.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you so much for the information.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You are welcome. Do not hesitate to contact us for more doubts. Take care.

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Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology

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