Computed Tomography

broadway radiology provides the ct service with a continuity of care throughout your visit
our aim is to provide a high level of patient comfort and satisfaction 

CT is an examination that uses X-rays to produce cross-sectional images. These are very detailed and demonstrate, in three dimensions, a wide range of structures within the body including bone, soft tissue and blood vessels.

 

CT can also be used for precisely placing a needle when taking tissue samples (biopsy) or injecting medications for pain relief, it is quicker than MRI and, because it does not use magnets, can be used where metal implants, such as pacemakers or surgical clips, are present in the body.

 

Ladies. If you are pregnant, or think you might be please tell a member of staff before you are scanned. The MRT can then talk to you about the issues surrounding radiation and pregnancy.

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR CT

  • Before some CT scans it may be necessary to have a blood test to check your kidney function or how fast your blood clots. The Customer Care team will tell you if this is necessary and will arrange for you to have this done.

 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING your examination

  • On arrival for the scan you will be greeted by the reception staff.  A CT Radiographer, or a Radiographic Assistant, will then collect you and explain your procedure to you.
  • For some scans you may be required to drink one litre of fluid in the hour before your appointment, and/or have an injection during your scan. These are called ‘contrast agents’ and act as a ‘highlighter’ for certain parts of the body. Not all scans need this. If your scan does, then the Radiographer will talk to you before the scan and ask you to fill in a form.
  • You may need to remove some of your clothing and put on a gown before you are scanned. There are gowns provided and there are private changing cubicles for you to use.
  • The Radiographer  will take you into the CT room and position you on the CT table. If it is necessary, they will put a cannula into your arm ready for the contrast injection. All members of the CT team are qualified to do this.
  • The table moves in and out of the CT machine to complete the scan. You may be asked to hold your breath, or not to swallow for a few seconds.
  • When the scan is complete, the Radiographer will remove your needle (if present) and you will be able to get off the table.
  • Tea and coffee are available if you would like some.

 

after your examination 

  • The results of your scan will be sent to your referring doctor once one of our onsite radiologists has looked at the images and made a report.
  • The Radiographer is responsible for performing the imaging and collecting the data. They are not qualified to provide interpretation. If you wish to clarify your result please either contact your referring doctor or call us here at Broadway where a Radiologist can assist you.

 

For any questions you may have before or after your examination, please Contact Us.  

 

 

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