CT scan

What is a CT scanner?

A CT  scanner is an specific type of X-ray device that emits multiple X-rays from different angles simultaneously.This allows a comprehensive picture of structures inside the body to be imaged.

When CT scans are utilized

CT Scans can:

  • diagnose conditions– injuries to bones, internal organ injuries, issues with blood circulation, strokes and even cancers
  • suggest further diagnostic and treatment pathways– for instance, working out the location and size of a tumour prior to radiotherapy or surgery

CT scans would not usually be utilized to look for problems if you are not exhibiting any symptoms. This is due to the fact that the advantages of  this “screening” might not exceed the threats, especially if it results in unneeded screening and stress and anxiety.

Getting ready for your CT scan

You might be recommended to prevent consuming anything for numerous hours prior to your visit.

Please tell us if you have any allergic reactions, are taking diabetes medicine or have kidney issues .

You need to likewise let the healthcare facility understand if you’re pregnant.

Loose comfy clothing is recommended. Attempt to prevent using jewellery and clothing with metal buttons and zips.

How is a CT scan prepared for?

Prior to beginning the treatment, the client will normally be offered a medical smock to wear. It is necessary that metal things, such as jewellery and glasses, are removed.

For abdominal area scans you’ll be asked to fast for a period before the scan and then given a colourant to drink 45 minutes before the scan starts. For other areas the colourant may be injected into the bloodstream.

The colourant shows up brightly when exposed to X-rays, meaning that the resulting image can be easily read by your specialist.

The injection might be a little unpleasant, and some individuals likewise experience a sensation of heat in their arm. It’s essential the client notify their medical professional prior to the administration of a contrast representative, if they have had a recognized allergy to contrast product.

Do CT Scans hurt?

You will not feel any pain or discomfort from the CT scan itself. That said, some people find it uncomfortable to lie still for such a prolonged period.

Although the scanner is not tunnel formed like an MRI scanner, individuals who experience serious claustrophobia in some cases have issues with CT scans. Let the physicians and radiographers understand if this might be an issue.

The quantity of radiation you’re exposed to throughout a CT scan differs, depending upon just how much of your body is scanned. CT scanners are developed to make sure you’re not exposed to needlessly high levels.

This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material provided on this Site is provided for information purposes only. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, before applying any diet, exercise, other health program, or other procedure set out on this Site.

Contact Us

020 7186 1000


Or use this contact form to get in touch with our specialists

Please tick if you have insurance

More posts

Blog posts

  • Wrist Cramps

    There are a variety of wrist conditions that can cause wrist cramps. Most often wrist cramps are accompanied by pain and this can stem from sprains, fractures or long-term conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. The wrist is a very complex thing with tendons, muscles, ligaments and bone which can all be responsible for wrist cramps. […]

  • Why Is My Ankle Making A Popping Sound?

    Ankles pop for many reasons, but one of the most common is because of an ankle injury. Ankle injuries are common, the most common being an ankle sprain. An ankle sprain means that the ankle has been twisted or rolled. This stretches or tears the ligaments in the ankles which results in swelling and pain. […]

  • Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery FAQs

    There’s a lot of questions that come with operations like minimally invasive foot surgery. So, today, we thought we would answer some of these questions. If you’re having foot surgery soon, we hope you find this article helpful. What is minimally invasive foot surgery? This foot surgery is a method that allows surgeons to correct […]