What is a CT Scan?
CT stands for Computerised Tomography. CT scans are produced using specialised x-ray equipment which rotates around the body to obtain images from different angles. Modern CT scanners can take multiple slices of the body in one single rotation and as such are referred to as Multi-Slice CT scanners. The computer within the CT scanner is then able to process this information to create a 3-Dimensional image of the body part that has been scanned to show a detailed cross-section. The CT Scan does not replace plain X-rays, but gives additional information with greater detail.
What is a Contrast Injection?
The contrast agent (also called contrast media, contrast material or X-ray dye) is usually injected into a vein in your arm. This makes your organs, blood vessels, and tissues more visible, which helps us interpret these imaging studies. You might experience some mild symptoms after the injection, such as a metallic taste in the mouth, a sensation of heat, or a sensation in the bladder. These symptoms only last for a few seconds.
How long will it take?
A CT scan will take anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes depending on the part of body being scanned.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, please call us to make an appointment.
How much does a CT scan cost?
Quantum Medical Imaging bulk bills all CT scans and CT-guided procedures.
Do you accept all referrals?
Quantum Medical Imaging accepts referrals from all radiology providers.
How do I prepare for my CT?
All CT scans:
- Please advise our staff if you have diabetes, have kidney disease, take metformin, react to contrast, or are pregnant.
- Please wear clothing without metal buttons, fasteners or zips.
- Metal (jewellery, piercings, glasses, hearing aids) will need to be removed from the area being scanned.
CT Neck / Chest / Abdomen / Pelvis / Kidneys / Angiogram:
- Do not eat for 4 hours prior to your appointment.
- In the hour prior to your appointment, drink 5 glasses of water.
- You may empty your bladder and take medication as usual.
CT Coronary Angiogram (CTCA):
- See above.
- On the day of your scan, do not exercise, smoke or consume caffeine (coffee, tea, herbal tea, coca cola, energy drinks or chocolate).
CT Sinuses / Facial bones / Spine / Limbs:
- No preparation required.