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 that utilises the latest and most advanced medical technology to detect and assist with the diagnosis of many conditions.
If required, preparations can include being well hydrated, fasting for two hours prior to your scan, or blood tests. One of our friendly customer service team members will inform you of any specific preparations required for your CT scan when you make your booking.
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 sufficient time for you to drink 1 litre of concentrated liquid prior to the commencement of your scan. This liquid is an oral contrast and is used in scans that require imaging of the stomach and/or bowel.
Metal objects such as watches, keys, coins, and jewellery will show up on a CT scan. This can affect the images, so they will need to be removed before your CT scan. 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.
If you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant, please inform the customer service team member when you book your appointment, as alternative medical imaging may need to be arranged.
During your scan, you will lie on a long table that moves through a doughnut-shaped CT scanner. The CT scanner is not an enclosed tunnel and for most examinations, your head will remain outside of the machine.
It is important to remain still and follow the 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.
The 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 allotted so the technician can position you properly on the CT table. The technician will also provide you with additional instructions before the scan commences.
Most examinations take no more than 5 – 20 minutes. If you have any questions, you will be able to talk to the Qscan CT technician at all times during your scan.
Our customer service team will be able to advise you of all costs involved with your CT scan including any out-of-pocket-costs. Many CT scans can be bulk billed, provided all Medicare eligibility requirements are met.
After your CT scan, your report and images will be sent electronically to your doctor.