CT Chest

A CT scan of the chest is commonly done following an abnormal chest x-ray finding.

Intravenous contrast material is often used to better delineate the anatomy and look for abnormalities.

Indications

  • To evaluate tumours of the pleura, lung and mediastinum.
  • Pulmonary embolism (clots in the lung) is detected using CT.
  • Interstitial lung disease (i.e. pulmonary fibrosis) is best demonstrated using high resolution scanning techniques (HRCT).
  • Lung infections (abscess) and empyema (infected pleural fluid) can be imaged.
  • Fractures of the ribs and sternum are easily seen on CT.

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