Our expert radiographers use low-dose radiation CT scans to create diagnostic 3D x-ray cross-sections of the body from multiple angles.
CT Scanning General Questions
A computerised tomography scan, better known as a CT scan, is a type of x-ray which rotates during scanning and creates cross-section images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside the body. CT scans provide more detailed images and diagnostic information than a general x-ray.
CT scans create detailed 3D images of the body at multiple angles, providing vital elements for diagnosis and treatment. A CT scan generally focuses on one particular area of the body.
Our practices offer a comprehensive range of CT scans, including brain, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis. We also offer CT scans for the spine, bony pelvis and extremities.
Our skilled technicians can perform CT coronary angiography (CTCA), CT angiography of all body areas, CT colonography, and expert CT interventional procedures.
How to prepare for your CT scan
- Different types of CT scans may require various preparation or fasting. Please call or drop into one of our convenient practice locations before your scan, and we’ll provide your preparation information.
What to expect during your CT scan
- Once you arrive at the practice, we show you to the CT suite, which features modern CT technology and specialised low-dose software, limiting your radiation exposure.
- The CT scan normally lasts for half an hour or less.
- The CT scanner is a large, stationary machine with a wide central circular opening. Our expert radiographer will ask you to lie on the bed, which slides through the opening into the scanner.
- During your examination, the scanner rotates around you without touching you. You’ll probably hear whirring or clicking noises while our radiographer moves the scanner and takes your images.
- During your scan, you’ll be able to communicate with the technician through an intercom system. We may ask you to hold your breath for a short time to capture the most precise images possible.
- Sometimes, we use a contrast dye to help us gain clearer images of particular body parts. We give this contrast dye orally or intravenously.
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