Computed Tomography Scan (CT Scan)

What is a CT Scan?

CT images provide more details than a normal X-ray, as the scan can produce cross-sectional and 3D views. Some of the most common uses of CT imaging include the detection of cancers, understanding severe injuries, trauma, and finding the cause for sudden rapid onset symptoms (such as breathlessness, abdominal pain, etc).

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How do I prepare for a CT scan?

Some scans require you to fast, or to drink a special mixture before the scan, while some scans require no preparation at all.

When you make your appointment, our staff will inform you of the necessary preparation to make, if required.

During registration on the day of your appointment, you will complete a medical history questionnaire and sign a consent form. Please inform us if you are/suspect yourself to be pregnant.

What can I expect during my appointment?

For some examinations you will be given an injection of intravenous contrast, if required. Do indicate on the questionnaire if you have any medical conditions or allergies before the injection is administered.

You will be asked to lie on a CT bed, and the bed will then move through the machine as the scan is being conducted. You may also be required to hold your breath, and the radiographer will instruct you accordingly.

The radiographer will be monitoring the progress of the examination from an adjacent room with a clear view of the scanner, and will be ready to render any assistance you may require.

After your CT scan, if you received contrast, you should drink about 5 glasses of water to help flush out the contrast that was injected. If the area where the plastic tube (IV tube) was placed inside your vein is red, swollen or sore, you should put a warm, wet towel on the area 4 times a day for 15-20 minutes. If swelling continues for more than 48 hours, you should call your doctor. If you are breastfeeding, it is safe to continue to do so.