Q. What is NCCT scan?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Apr 26, 2017 and last reviewed on: Sep 20, 2019

Hi doctor,

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

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine
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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 is a risk of radiation. Otherwise, it is a safe test.
  • You need to stay in a closed chamber for a few minutes and it will be completed in a few seconds. And no contrast medicine is used in this scan. If it is used, then it is called as contrast enhanced scan.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

Thank you doctor,

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

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Single scan means image acquired in a single sitting, over a period of few seconds. It basically scans your body part from up to down. It will take multiple shots.
  • A single scan is harmless and does not expose one to significant radiation. If you need it, then get it done.
  • MRI is even better with better image quality and no risk of radiation, but it is costly and time-consuming. It needs nearly 45 minutes and also depends upon the information we want.

For further doubts consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

Thank you doctor,

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

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • It is absolutely safe, no need to worry at all.
  • MRI is also an option for the brain as brain parenchyma is better visualized on MRI and bone structures will be seen better on NCCT.
  • There may not be an indication for MRI and so you must be advised for NCCT. So, do not worry about the side effect of a single scan. If you need recurrent scans, then we can discuss in detail.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

Hi doctor,

Thank you so much for the information.

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

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

For further doubts consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

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