Chest CT Scan : What Is It, Preparation, Procedure, Results and Cost

Chest CT Scan : What Is It, Preparation, Procedure, Results and Cost

Chest CT scan also known as computed tomography scan or Lungs CT scan is a diagnostic technique in radio-imaging which utilizes special rotating X-rays machine and computer to generate cross-sectional images of chest/lungs.

What is Chest CT scan?

Chest CT scan also known as computed tomography scan or Lungs CT scan is a diagnostic technique in radio-imaging which utilizes special rotating X-rays machine and computer to generate cross-sectional images of chest/lungs.

It is a rapid, non-invasive, painless, safe and accurate tool commonly used for the identification and diagnosis of congenital as well as acquired diseases/disorders of lungs such as pneumonia, interstitial lung diseases and chronic lung diseases, especially early detection of lung tumors.  

A CT scanner produces series of lung images/slices for identification, localization and evaluation of many lung diseases and even very small lung lesions/nodules can be detected on CT scan. It can also generate three-dimensional images of lungs for better assessment of lung and airways abnormalities. It generates much more information than traditional X-rays.

A CT scan can be done with contrast dye known as CECT Chest or without contrast material known as NCCT Chest. A HRCT chest scan produces slices even thinner than a standard CT scans for evaluation of very fine details of lungs.

What are the uses/purpose of a chest CT scan?

A CT scan of Chest/Thorax/Lungs is an advanced technique which is used for identification, localization, diagnosis, management and monitoring purposes in a variety of clinical settings including:

1) Lung injuries

2) Pneumonia

3) Bronchiectasis

4) Tumours of lungs

5) To differentiate benign tumors from malignant lung cancers

6) Distant metastases to lungs

7) Pleural diseases

8) Congenital anomalies of lungs

9) Pulmonary tuberculosis

10) Pleural diseases

11) Cystic fibrosis

12) Infectious diseases of lungs

13) Inflammatory diseases of lungs

14) Interstitial diseases of lungs

15) Unexplained cough

16) Chest pain

17) Recurrent hemoptysis

18) Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing

19) Before radiation therapy

20) To monitor efficacy of treatment

21) Before surgical approach to lungs

22) Chronic relapsing lung disorders

23) Intrathoracic bleeding.

How do I prepare for a chest CT scan?

Follow these steps if you are going for a Chest CT scan:

1) Get an appointment- Fix an appointment in a Diagnostic center having the facility of CT scan chest as it is available in limited centers.

2) Fasting- 4-5 hours fasting is required if CT test with contrast dye is scheduled.

3) Clothing- Wear clothes as comfortable as possible and that are easy to put on and off.  

4) Inform your Doctor about all medications and supplements that you are currently taking.

5) Pregnancy and breastfeeding- Tell your Doctor about pregnancy if you are pregnant or if you breastfeed your baby so that your Doctor can evaluate the risk vs benefit ratio.

6) Allergy- Inform your Doctor about prior history of allergy to any drug or medications.

7) Implants- Inform your doctor about any implant in your body such as cardiac implant, inner ear implants, metallic dentures, neurostimulators or any type of hearing aids etc.

8) Claustrophobia and anxiety - If you have claustrophobia or anxiety disorder then don’t hesitate to tell your Doctor about it. He may give you sedative or some alternatives to help overcome this while performing test.

9) Medical reports- Don’t forget to carry all relevant medical, lab reports and any special instruction given by your physician along with you while going for CT scan. These reports may aid in better evaluation of your condition.

10) Take a company - Get accompanied by friend or family member to have mental, emotional and physical support and to drive you home.

What is the procedure for chest CT scan?

The procedure of Chest or lungs CT scan includes the following steps:

1) Written consent is required before the procedure begins.

2) You will be asked to remove all the metallic elements like jewellry, hearing aids, metallic hair clips, metallic underwired bras, wallets, keys, coins, cards containing metallic strips, belts, goggles etc.

3) If CT with contrast dye is being scheduled then you will be given an intravenous injection of contrast agent. Usually iodinated contrast is used which yield high clarity images on CT scan.

4) You will be then asked  to change your clothes and wear a gown provided  by the technician assisting the procedure .

5) If you have Claustrophobia or anxiety disorder, then you may be given sedatives or some other alternatives to make you feel comfortable during the scan.

6) You may be provided with head phones or ear plugs to make you feel more comfortable.

7) Before scan, your assisting Doctor will explain about all the possible adverse effects of using contrast material such as itching , rash, swelling etc. Your   KFT report will be required to rule out any kidney disease/pathology and to check your GFR.

8) Then you will be asked to lie supine on examination table which will slide and place you inside the scanner.

9) You need to lie still during the procedure as body movements may interfere with the quality of images produced.

10) Your Radiologist will take several images to evaluate the underlying pathology and at the end these images will be interpretated for making a definite diagnosis.

What happens after a chest CT scan?

* You will be allowed to exit the scanner room once the procedure is over.

* You may be asked to wait in observation room for some time to evaluate any possible side effects if contrast dye has been used.

* Drink water to eliminate contrast material from your body.

* CT scan of chest usually takes about 20-30 minutes. However, it may last longer depending upon the severity of your illness and associated co-morbid conditions.

* If you breastfeed your baby then ask your Radiologist or Physician when to resume breastfeed post injection of contrast agent.

* You will get reports on the next day. However, you may get the image films on the same day if requested by your Clinician.

What are the side effects/risks of chest CT scan?

Chest CT scan/test is a safe procedure. The radiation in CT scan is low and the contrast dye doesn’t stay for longtime in your body. Drinking water can help to flush the contrast faster from your body.

However, some concerns about Chest CT scan are as follows:

1) Allergic reactions to contrast dye, although rare but can happen in some individuals. However, these allergic reactions are usually mild.

2) Contrast induced nephropathy may occur in some individuals specially those with kidney disease.

3) Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should avoid certain medications and test for the safety of baby. Ask your Doctor before undergoing a Chest CT scan.

4) Exposure to radiation and increased risk of cancer with multiple scans especially in those with high risk factors.

CT scan chest price in Delhi?

Cost of CT scan generally vary with city and location. Various diagnostic and imaging centers charges differently according to the quality of machines they provide and the offers currently availing in them. CT scan charges also vary with the body part which need to be examined and the type of CT scan.

CT scan test is an advanced diagnostic and monitoring tool that is available at limited diagnostic centers as it requires costly and modern equipments and skilled Radiologists to perform the scan.

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Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging center (GDIC) is now offering 50% discount on all types of CT scan test including NCCT, CECT, PET-CT etc.

CT scan Chest  prices in Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging center (GDIC) Delhi are as following:

CT Scan Chest

? 5000 - ? 2500 BOOK NOW

CECT Thorax

? 6000 - ? 3000 BOOK NOW

CECT Chest Scan

? 7000 - ? 3500 BOOK NOW

CECT Chest And Lower Neck

? 7600 - ? 3800 BOOK NOW

CECT Lower Chest

? 3000 - ? 1500 BOOK NOW

CECT Chest Upper Abdomen

? 10500 - ? 5250 BOOK NOW

CECT Lower Chest and Upper Abdomen

? 8000 - ? 4000 BOOK NOW

CCET Thorax and HRCT Cut

? 6000 - ? 3000 BOOK NOW

CECT Chest and HRCT Cut

? 7800 - ? 3900 BOOK NOW

CT Pulmonary Angiography

? 12000 - ? 6000 BOOK NOW

CT Scan Chest 3D

? 6000 - ? 3000 BOOK NOW

HRCT Thorax

? 5400 - ? 2700 BOOK NOW

HRCT Lungs

? 5500 - ? 2750 BOOK NOW

HRCT Chest

? 5500 - ? 2750 BOOK NOW

HRCT Chest With Contrast

? 6200 - ? 3100 BOOK NOW

NCCT Chest Scan

? 5000 - ? 2500 BOOK NOW

NCCT Lower Chest & Upper Abdomen

? 7500 - ? 3750 BOOK NOW


? 4600 - ? 2300 BOOK NOW

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Which diagnostic center is best for CT scan chest in North-East Delhi?

Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging center (GDIC) is the best diagnostic center for CT scan chest in Rohini, North-East Delhi.

Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging center is now considered one of the most popular and affordable Diagnostic center in Delhi. We provide high standard quality services to our patients. Genuine reporting and Patient satisfaction is our top priority. We offer seamless integration between diagnosis and treatment planning.

We are having the facility of different types of CT scan chest including:

1) Plain CT /NCCT scan

2) CECT (contrast enhanced CT) scan

3) CT perfusion imaging such as CT angiography and CT venography


5) PET CT scan

Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging center (GDIC) is now offering 50% discount on all types of CT scan.

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Why choose Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging center for CT scan?

Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging Center is a NABH and NABL accredited top diagnostic and imaging center situated in ROHINI and various other locations of Delhi. It is equipped with modern, highly expensive machines with latest cutting-edge technologies and highly skilled Radiologists and Pathologists.

Currently, we are offering 50% discount on all types of CT scan. We are open 24X7 and 365 days. You can also get free online or offline Consultation with our Senior Radiologist, Dr. Ravin Sharma regarding any imaging and scanning test.

We also offer facilities of online reporting, free home sample collection and free Ambulance services in Delhi, NCR. We are also empanelled with various departments and organizations. So, you can get the services at panel rate too.  

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