Coccyx CT allows you to visualize the structure and pathological processes in the distal spine. Computer diagnostics is indicated for anomalies in the development of the vertebral column, fractures and destruction of the coccyx vertebrae, tumor and metastatic processes, tuberculosis, osteoporosis. In most cases, a contrast-free coccyx CT is performed, contrasting is used when neoplasms, vascular pathology of this area are suspected.
- Pinching of soft tissues between vertebral processes
- Fracture, damage and displacement of the coccyx
- Degenerative-dystrophic changes of bone tissue in the coccyx area
- Inflammation of the soft tissues of the coccygeal spine
- Hematomas resulting from injuries of the coccygeal region
- Metastases and tumor formations – benign and malignant
- Consequences of lower back injuries
- Suspicion of various traumatic lesions of the coccyx
Computed tomography of the coccyx shows the condition of soft tissues and bone structures in the coccyx area. It can be used to assess the rehabilitation process after injuries or surgical interventions, or to diagnose diseases.
Special preparation before computed tomography is not required. It is advisable to refrain from eating and drinking for 1-2 hours before the study, and take painkillers if severe pain occurs. This is necessary to ensure a stationary position during the study.
If CT is performed with contrast, you should not eat or drink 6 hours before the study.
Methodology of conducting
The study is conducted in a specially equipped office. The patient is undressed, given a special hospital gown, placed on an X-ray table and pushed into a special installation. The doctor goes into another room and controls the process using a special remote control. The scanner takes consecutive pictures at a certain time interval and produces ready-made images of an organ or tissues.
The procedure itself lasts for 5-10 minutes. If CT is performed with contrast, the duration of the procedure increases.
Contraindications for coccyx CT
- The presence of metal implants in the body that cannot be removed
- The patient’s weight is above 120-150 kg
- Pregnancy at all stages and lactation period
- Claustrophobia — fear of confined spaces
- Mental illness
- Children under 12 years of age
- Acute renal failure
- The patient’s condition is too severe
- Intolerance to iodine-containing drugs in CT with contrast