CT-Patient instructions

CT stands for Computed Tomography. It is also known as CT Scan

A CT scanner is a highly specialized kind of X-ray machine. It uses multiple X-rays to produce several cross-sectional, or 'slice' images of the inside of your body. The scanner itself looks like a large doughnut. During the scan you will lie on a bed, with the body part under examination placed in the round opening of the scanner.

The bed then moves slowly backwards and forwards to allow the scanner to take pictures of your body, although it won't actually touch you.

The x-ray source will rotate around you, and the x-rays will then be read by SPECIALISED detectors after they've passed through your body. Finally, A computer system will convert the information received by the detectors into two-dimensional or 3D pictures.

You will see a small team of qualified Radiology Technologists, nursing and paramedical staff who will look after you during your visit. One of the technologists will carry out the scan.

You'll receive a dose of x-rays, however it is very unlikely to cause harmful effects.

The amount of radiation used varies. It's more than an ordinary X-ray and is the same as the natural radiation we all get over a period of about three years.

However , please bear in mind that the risk is very small and the risk of missing a serious problem if you don't have a CT scan is much higher.

We at healthplus, care for your safety. We have therefore installed the latest, highly advanced 16 Multislice Spiral CT scanner, manufactured in Germany by Siemens.

Our machine IS THE SAFEST CT scanner in this class.

It is not advisable to get a CT scan done if you are pregnant, or suspect that you may be pregnant. Before going for the CT examination, please inform our technological staff if you are pregnant, or if there is a chance that you may be pregnant.

Many CT scans involve injecting a substance - known as a 'contrast medium' - into your vein to increase the amount of information we can get from the scan.

Depending on the part of your body to be examined, some preparation may be necessary.

For an abdominal or pelvic CT you may be asked to drink a special liquid to outline the intestines one hour before starting the examination.

Or, you may need a small injection of contrast medium to assist the examination.

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