CT Scan Thorax

It is Computed Tomography (CT) scan of the chest using the latest 128 multi-row detector computed tomography (MDCT) scanner. This advanced technology is also known as Volume CT (VCT) that delivers low dose of x-ray for the scan to screen lung cancer.

No special preparation is needed for a CT Scan Thorax. If you are a woman, you should ensure that you are not pregnant to prevent inadvertent radiation to your foetus.

The CT machine scans from head to toe in less than 10 seconds. However, the total time taken to prepare and position the patient for the scan is about 10-20 minutes.

Chest X Ray

Chest x-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the chest. It is used to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall and may be used to help diagnose shortness of breath, persistent cough, fever, chest pain or injury. It also may be used to help diagnose and monitor treatment for a variety of lung conditions such as pneumonia, emphysema and cancer.

  •  Pneumonia
  •  Heart failure and other heart problems
  •  Emphysema
  •  Lung Cancer
  •  Positioning of medical devices
  •  Fluid or air collection around the lungs
  •  Other medical conditions

Lung Function Test

Lung function test is a simple and non-invasive test to assess the function of your lungs. This test will evaluate how quickly air can move in and out of your lungs. It helps to identify high risk patients for lung diseases.

You should not have a heavy meal just before the test and you should not smoke or exercise strenuously for 4-6 hours before the test. If you have dentures, you should bring them along and wear them during the test.

You will be asked to wear a nose clip during the test to ensure that no air goes in or out of your nostrils. You will then, be asked to breathe in and out normally. The test begins when you blow rapidly and deeply into a mouthpiece attached to a recording device (spirometer). The spirometer with a computerized sensor will measure the air flow rate and report the results in a graph. This graph will show the movement of air in and out of your lungs.

You may occasionally be asked to inhale certain a spray containing medications prior to a repeat test. This is to assess whether your airways will response to medications if the initial test showed evidence of airway obstruction.

This test normally takes 5 to 10 minutes.

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