A computerised tomography scan, better known as a CT scan, is a very useful and common procedure here at Vision XRAY Group. The CT scan is a type of x-ray which rotates during scanning, and creates cross-section images of the body. This allows us to create 3D images of your body at multiple angles–detailed images which are vital elements for physician diagnosis and treatment. A CT scan generally will focus on one particular area of the body. At Vision XRAY, we offer a comprehensive range of CT scans, including brain, neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis, as well as spine, bony pelvis, and extremities. Additionally, we also perform specialised CT scans such as CT Coronary angiography (CTCA), CT Angiography of all body areas, CT Colonography, and expert CT Interventional Procedures.
What to expect during a CT scan
Our expert radiographers will administer your CT scan using our modern CT technology and specialised low dose software, limiting your radiation exposure. A CT scan is a painless procedure, normally lasting for half an hour or less. The CT scanner is a large, stationary machine which has a wide circular opening in the center. During your scan you will be asked to lie down on the bed which slides through the opening into the scanner. The scanner does not touch you, but will rotate around you, and you will probably hear some whirring or clicking noises. You will be able to communicate with the technician through an intercom system. The technician may ask you to hold your breath for a short time during the CT scan, to capture the clearest images as possible. Sometimes, a contrast dye is used to help certain parts of your body appear more clearly on the scan. This will be given orally, or, less frequently, intravenously. Different types of CT scans may require various preparation or fasting, so please call or drop into one of our convenient practice locations before your scan. We will be happy to help prepare you for your CT scan and answer any questions you may have.