Non-contrast computed tomography or NCCT scan of the head is a series of X-rays taken from different angulations without contrast or dye. It is useful in investigating and diagnosing brain injuries, brain tumors, hematomas, edema, foreign bodies, and arteriovenous malformations. It is also used in diagnosing neurological conditions, other conditions of the skull and sinuses. However, there is an increased risk of brain cancer with CT scans of the head.
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Query: Hi doctor, My 70 year old father has developed slurred speech from two days. He has diabetes, benign prostate hypertrophy, and history of vascular dementia. He does not have weakness, paralysis, or numbness. He does not have hypertension or any cardiac disease. He refused to do a CT scan in the ER.... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In a patient, having risk factors, like diabetes mellitus and acute onset slurring of speech, it raises the possibility of developing an acute stroke. Though there may be other causes too. I would suggest undergoing the following tests: MRI of the brain or NCCT (non-... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, This query is regarding my grandfather. I have attached all the reports. He does not have any current medical history. He does not have any other health problem. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the NCCT (non-contrast computerized tomography) head (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and it says that there is age -related changes in the brain of your grand father. Is he having diabetes or blood pressure problem? Is he forgetting recent... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, My 10 month old daughter had a fall from bed. She had little blood in her nose. Blood is just little and not dripping. Is it something to worry about? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is not good if she had blood. Although it looks like blood from nose, in case of trauma we need to rule out internal damage. We need to do CT head to look for any damage or internal bleeding in cranium. It will be a simple procedure, only NCCT - noncontrast CT sca... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, What is NCCT scan? Does it have any side effect? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. NCCT is a non-contrast computerised tomography. It is just a higher version of x-ray. It is like multiple x-rays taken of your body part to construct a better image than the x-ray. Single scan has no side effects. However, if multiple scans are being done, then there ... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 55 year old male. I am diabetic for the past 15 years and I also have high BP. Before 20 to 25 days, while walking I felt like dizziness and I could not climb the staircase. Before my BP was 240/140 mmHg, but now it is 160/100 mmHg. Later on the creatinine and blood urea was also ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems that you have accelerated hypertension (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Blood pressure (BP) shoots around 250/140 mmHg, this we called as hypertensive urgency. It could lead to hemorrhagic stroke which could be fatal. Anyway, you are lucky. You... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, Occasionally, I have started to have pain in the back of my head (right side). What could be the possible reasons? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. A headache and is a common phenomenon could be due to a tension-type headache or a migraine. The second possibility is a pain on the head because of trauma, if there is any history. If the pain is severe and new onset an NCCT (non-contrast co... Read Full »