What is a CT?
A computerised tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. CT scans are sometimes referred to as CAT scans or computed tomography scans.
Few simple instructions before your scan:
Contact us, after receiving your appointment letter, if you have any allergies, kidney problems, taking diabetes medication, or if you are pregnant
You may be advised to avoid eating anything for several hours before your appointment, to help ensure that clear images are taken
Ensure you wear loose comfortable clothes and leave valuable possessions, such as jewellery and watches, at home
The Scan/What to expect
CT scans typically last 15-30 minutes and are not disruptive.
For patients having a contrast dye, this is given at the beginning of the scan and may produce a warm feeling in the body and a sour taste in the mouth – this is very common and passes quickly.
After the scan
Patients who have been given a contrast injection may be asked to stay in the waiting area for up to 15 minutes to ensure that they are fit and well.
Fluid intake following scans is always encouraged. Results are usually ready within 24-48 hours and send to the referring clinician. All patients are supplied with a CD consisting of the images from their scan.