What is it?
A Computerised Tomography scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses a computer to create cross-sectional images (or slices) of your body. It can target bones, blood vessels and soft tissue and provides more detailed information than a plain X-ray.
What to tell us?
- If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant.
- If you are allergic to shellfish and/or Iodine.
- If you have had a previous reaction to contrast.
- If you have any renal impairment.
- If you are a diabetic.
- If you are on any medication : eg: blood thinning (Warfarin, Aspirin) or diabetes medication.
How to prepare?
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. This allows time for the completion of paperwork.
Depending on the part of the body being scanned, you may be required to drink an oral contrast 1 hour prior to your scheduled appointment. This will be fully explained to you at the time of booking.
Please wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewellery prior to your examination. You may, in some instances, be asked to change into a gown.
Please bring any previous relevant imaging with you, as our Radiologist may require previous imaging for comparison.
How long does it take?
A CT scan can take 20 – 90 minutes, depending on if contrast (oral) is required.
We bulk bill all CT scans, provided you hold a current Medicare card.
We will forward the result of your procedure electronically to your doctor. The results will be available after 24 hours. Urgent reports are available after 4 hours.