CT for Silica Health Surveillance

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Silicosis is an occupational lung disease caused by breathing in tiny particles of silica, or crystalline silica. Benchtop manufacturers, stonemasons, miners, and quarry workers are among those who may be at high risk.

Low dose high resolution CT allows doctors to safely and confidently diagnose and monitor silica related changes to the lungs.

This CT examination is simple, fast and pain free.

Does any of the following apply to you? If so please contact us as soon as possible.

  • You suspect or know that you may be pregnant
  • You have ever experienced a severe reaction to a previous injection of contrast media
  • You suffer from asthma or have kidney disease
  • You are a diabetic

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Is the patient non-english speaking? If so, we can arrange for an interpreter to be present during the appointment. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the relevant arrangements.

There is no preparation required for a silica surveillance CT scan.  If you are pregnant or suspect you might be, inform the staff.   

  • An appointment for a low dose chest CT for silica surveillance will usually take approximately 10 minutes
  • You will lie on a procedural bed that moves in and out of a donut-shaped machine containing the X-ray tube and detectors
  • You will be asked to follow some breathing instructions during the scan
  • Specialist radiologists will review and report your CT scan and provide results to your referring doctor
  • Inform the reception team of your follow-up appointment with the referring doctor.

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