A Simple Guide to

CT Scans

Getting ready for a CT scan and feeling curious about what’s in store?

This straightforward guide will take you through the ins and outs of a CT scan, making sure you’re comfortable and confident before your appointment.

Table of Contents

What's a CT Scan?

A CT scan, short for “Computed Tomography,” is a painless medical test that uses a special machine to take detailed pictures of the inside of your body.

It’s like creating a 3D puzzle of what’s going on beneath your skin.

The CT machine sends out a bunch of X-ray beams that circle around you, capturing images from different angles.

Before the CT Scan

When booking your appointment, please inform our staff if you are taking any diabetic medication, have kidney disease or have had a previous reaction to x-ray contrast.

During the CT Scan

You’ll lie down on a cozy table that moves into the CT machine.

After the CT Scan

Once the CT scan is over, you’re good to go.

Results and What's Next

An experienced radiologist will interpret and report on the results.

They’ll explain what they see and discuss any further steps if needed.

Patient Safety

CT scans involve the use of ionising radiation.

CT scans will only be performed when any potential risks are far outweighed by the benefits to the patient.

If you are, or may be pregnant, please inform our radiology team before your examination.

Contrast injections can make some patients feel nauseous or on rare occasions cause an allergic reaction.

If you are worried or concerned about having a CT scan you should discuss this with your referring doctor or medical specialist before coming for your examination.

In Summary

CT scans are like peeking inside your body without any surgery.

Now that you know what to expect, you’re all set for your CT scan.

Disclaimer: Please note, if you have any questions or reservations about an upcoming radiology scan, it is always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider, who can address your concerns directly. This is general information, not tailored to a specific individual. Please read our Terms and Conditions.