Computed Tomography (CT) uses an x-ray machine and advanced computer programs to create two and three dimensional images of your body. CT is an essential imaging modality which utilises the latest and most advanced medical technology to detect and assist with the diagnosis of many conditions.
Preparations, if required, can include being well hydrated, fasting for two hours prior to your scan or possible blood tests. Several CT examinations require preparation however one of our friendly Customer Service Team members will inform you of any specific preparation required for your CT scan at the time of your booking. Please see below an example of why specific preparation is required for certain body regions.
Depending on the clinical details provided by your referring doctor, some abdominal and pelvic CT scans may require you to arrive at our Qscan clinic 75 minutes prior to your actual scan time. This is to ensure that you have sufficient time to drink 1 litre of concentrated fluid (oral contrast) prior to the commencement of your scan. The purpose of oral contrast is to better demonstrate the stomach and bowel.
*If you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant, please inform the Customer Service Team member at the time of booking your appointment as alternative medical imaging may need to be arranged.
Metal objects such as watches, keys, coins and jewellery will show up on the CT scan, affecting the images and therefore will need to be removed. You may be provided with a gown to wear instead of your own clothes, as some materials and prints will show up on the CT scan.
You will be asked to lie on a long table that will move through the doughnut shaped CT scanner. The CT scanner is not an enclosed tunnel and for the majority of examinations your head will remain outside of the machine.
It is important to remain still and follow the specific instructions given to you at the start of your scan. You may be required to hold your breath for 5 -10 seconds at various stages throughout your examination to help with image quality.
Timing of your scan will depend on the examination you are having. The actual scan may only take a matter of seconds, however more time is allowed for positioning you on the CT table, ensuring your comfort as well as providing you with instructions before beginning the examination.
Most examinations take no more than 5 – 20 minutes and you will be able to talk to the Qscan CT staff at all times, should you have any questions.
All CT scans are performed using the lowest radiation dose possible. Every Qscan CT scanner utilises advanced dose saving technology to optimise low dose scanning techniques.
Our Customer Service Team will be able to advise you of all costs involved with your CT scan including any out of pocket cost before your scan. Many CT scans are entitled to be bulk-billed, provided that all Medicare eligibility requirements have been met.
Images obtained from your scan are digitally recorded. At Qscan, a subspecialty trained Radiologist interprets the images obtained and provides a report for your doctor within 24 hours.
Reports and images will be available electronically via the patient app and web portal after your examination. If required, films are available for collection or delivery to your referring practitioner.
You may need to make a follow up appointment to discuss the results with your referring practitioner.
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