What is a CT Scan?
Computed Tomography (CT) is a scanning technique that uses X-Rays to take highly detailed images of the body. A CT scan can give detailed information about many parts of the body, including the lungs, bones, soft tissues, heart and blood vessels. It can be used to diagnose and monitor many conditions.
CT Scan FAQs
1. Can I have a CT Scan?
CT scans use X-rays and referring doctors are very careful to consider if the benefits of the scan outweigh the risks involved. In general, CT scans should not be performed on pregnant women so it is important to advise us if you are or may be pregnant.
Please inform us when making your appointment:
- If you suffer from asthma
- If you are diabetic and are taking metformin (Glucophage)
- If you are or maybe pregnant
- If you are breastfeeding
- If you suffer from renal failure
CT scans are most commonly used by medical professionals to investigate the brain, sinus, thorax, abdomen and pelvis.
The most common form of CT scan is a Brain CT Scan.
You may require an injection of contrast medium (dye) to improve detail in the area being scanned. For certain scans you will be asked to drink some water or oral contrast medium which has an aniseed taste, to help give good definition of your stomach and the rest of your intestine.
When you arrive at your chosen Affidea Ireland centre, you will be asked to complete some forms relating to your scan. These forms can be downloaded from this website in ad-vance if you so wish. You may be asked to change into a gown and your belongings will be locked away safely.
During your scan you will be asked to lie on a cushioned table and the table will move through the centre of the CT scanner. The radiographer will be observing you throughout the examination and will be able to hear you should you wish to speak with him/her. The information gained from the scanner will be sent to a computer system where detailed im-ages of the body will be displayed.
You will be in the scanning room for approximately 15 minutes.
The radiologist will analyse the scan and issue a report to your referring clinician detailing the results of the scan. The report is usually sent to your referring clinican within 48 hours of the scan taking place.