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.
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.
While the CT scan is happening, it’s important to stay as still as possible.
This helps create clear and detailed images that the doctors can use to understand your body better.
If you need to shift or move, the technologist will guide you through it.
Once the CT scan is over, you’re good to go.
An experienced radiologist will interpret and report on the results.
They’ll explain what they see and discuss any further steps if needed.
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.
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.