Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

Low radiation dose computed tomography (CT) uses low levels of radiation to help diagnose and monitor a wide array of conditions.

Using the CT scanner and a powerful computer, we can build 3D images showing the soft tissues, bones and blood vessels, and see parts of the body, which are difficult to view by any other method. Most CT examinations are simple, fast and pain free. The CT scanning machine combines x-rays with computer technology to produce more detailed, cross-sectional images of the body. Wherever possible, PRC performs low radiation dose computer tomography.

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

Do you require an interpreter?
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.

Most CT scans do not require any preparation. Some limited studies may require fasting and drinking water before the scan. You will be advised if any preparation is needed at the time of booking.

Upon arrival, you may need to fill out a contrast injection consent form. Inform the staff about any medication you are taking, kidney disease, or previous reaction to iodine contrast. If you are pregnant or suspect you might be, inform PRC team members.

  • 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 may need to hold your breath for a few seconds during the scan
  • Trained staff will monitor you throughout the scan
  • Please advise the reception staff of your follow up appointment date with your referring doctor.

Side effects are very rare, however following the contrast injection you may feel:

  • A warm flush and/or metallic taste in your mouth
  • Occasionally some patients may experience transient nausea
  • These side effects, if they occur, do not last very long
  • Allergies are uncommon and can include a temporary itchy rash.

More severe allergic reactions are extremely rare. 

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