What is a CT-guided Pigtail?

A CT-guided Pigtail is a procedure used to drain unwanted fluids from the body (from an abscess, duct or organ). The CT scan helps position the Pigtail catheter correctly.

 

How can I prepare for the scan?

  • Women should tell their doctors if there is any chance they may be pregnant because a CT scan could put the baby at risk. If in doubt, make sure to take a pregnancy test before performing the scan
  • CT scans cannot be done in lactating women. If it is absolutely necessary, you should pump and store your breast milk beforehand. Until the radiotracer is completely gone from your system, you cannot feed your baby the breast milk and need to pump your breast milk and discard it till the traces are gone .
  • You may also want to check your insurance plan to find out what it covers and whether you will have any out-of-pocket costs associated with the scan.
  • It is recommended that you come with one relative to help you during the course of the scan.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and avoid jewellery or any other metal on the body.

Previous reports/scans required?

  • Your entire current medical file and prescription set to be aware of your medical conditions and any sort of allergies.
  • Serum Creatinine reports(not older than 4 weeks) are required to check for the health of your kidneys in case we need to use contrast media to get better images during the scan. The values help us decide on the type of contrast media to be used.

 

How long is the procedure for?

  • Total time – 4 -5 hrs approx.
  • Patient history/consent:  5-10 mins
  • Medicine preparation & injection: 10-15 min
  • Waiting time after injection – 1-2 mins
  • On table time -15- 20 mins 
  • Observation time post scan – 5-10 mins

 

Can I walk in for a Pigtail without prior appointment?

  •  A prior appointment is preferred since the radiotracer material has to be ordered beforehand as per the number of patients scheduled. 
For appointment call 8869906990 or write at contact@medcarediagnostics.com