What are Fetus CT Scans?
A doctor or physician may order a CT scan of the fetus to make detailed pictures and analyze the internal structure. Computerized tomography (CT) scanning is useful to get a very detailed 3D image of certain parts of the body.
The process begins by taking many different X-ray views at various different angles, which are then combined with the use of computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissue inside of your body, including tissues inside of solid organ. Ordinary X-ray testing does not show clear images of soft tissue, so doctors often request CT scanning to get a good image of soft tissue including organs, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and the brain. Sometimes a contrast dye is used as it shows up clearer on the screen.
Reasons for a Fetus CT scan:
CT scans are used for a multitude of reasons. They may be done to check for certain cancers in various different ways including to detect abnormal tumors, growths or lumps. They also identify the location of tumors, the stage of cancer, and where to perform a biopsy.
There is no risk to the fetus if the abdomen or pelvis is not being imaged. If it is, there is a slight risk that the unborn baby’s exposure to the scan greatens their chance of developing cancer as a child.
A Fetus CT scan may help diagnose (find):
It is not recommended to take a CT scan of a fetus as it greatens the chance of the unborn baby developing cancer as a child. It would only be recommended in order to take care of the mother if she has a serious illness.