CT Brain Special Protocols

Computed tomography special protocols are ordered for specific requirements or surgical planning involving the brain.

Including:

  • CT of the brain (or spine) with stealth protocol.
    Uses a special computer system for image-guided surgeries.
  • CT of the brain with Lorenz protocol.
    Creates 3-D imaging models for surgical procedures.
  • CT of the head with fiducials.
    This places markers on the outside of the head to help surgeons accurately orient images to the patient.

Indications

  • These special procedures are indicated for specific treatment planning. This will be determined by the ordering physician and/or the imaging physician.

Contrast

  • Contrast may be given, depending on the indications. This will be determined by the ordering physician and/or the imaging physician.

Preparation

Without Contrast:

  • No preparation is required.

With Contrast:

  • Only one CT contrast study should be scheduled within a 48 hour period.
  • BUN and creatinine¬†must¬†be done within 72 hours of the scan.
  • Nothing but clear liquid after midnight before the scan.
  • NPO four hours prior to exam (no food or drink).