A CT-Scan is an advanced imaging technique which uses x-rays to produce detailed cross-sectional pictures of the body. CT shows us the internal organs in much more detail than standard x-rays and is a very common and important examination technique aiding patient diagnosis.
What does the CT scan involve?
Having a CT scan is very simple. Patients are asked to lie down on a bed. Pictures of the body are taken as the bed passes through the large doughnut shaped scanner. Producing the scan pictures is complex, and there are several very powerful computers built into the machine.
What preparation is required?
CT Brain or CT Neck or CT Thorax – No preparation required. Sometimes an intravenous injection of contrast dye is required.
CT Abdomen and / or CT Pelvis – All patients must fast for 4 hours prior to this CT scan. It is necessary to drink a litre of fluid slowly over an hour following arrival at the clinic. An intravenous injection of contrast dye may be required during the scan.
CT Body – All patients must fast for 4 hours prior to this CT scan. It is necessary to drink a litre of fluid slowly over an hour following arrival at the clinic. An intravenous injection of contrast dye may be required during the scan.
CT Extremities/ Sinuses/ Orbits – No preparation required.
What other preparations are needed?
It is advisable to come dressed in comfortable/ casual clothing. For some examinations you will be asked to change into a gown. It may be necessary to remove metallic objects such as jewellery, dentures, hearing aids etc.
What happens after the scan?
Patients who require an intravenous injection of contrast dye may be asked to remain for approximately 30 minutes afterwards. Patients who have been fasting can eat and drink normally once the scan is completed. After the examination, patients may return to their usual activities.
Where do the results of the CT scan go?
All studies will reported by a consultant radiologist. The results will be sent to the referring doctor within 24 hours.
How does one make an appointment?
For an appointment or any queries relating to CT scans, please phone 01-837-5372.