Computerized Tomography Scan
Computed Tomography, more commonly known as a CT or CAT scan, is a diagnostic medical test that, like traditional x-rays, produces multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body.
The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes, and can even generate three-dimensional images. These images can be viewed on a computer monitor, printed on film or transferred to a CD or DVD.
CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels typically provide greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels.
Using specialized equipment Dedicated images of your body are created which are then interpreted by trained Radiologists.
Some CT Scans are able to be done on the day with no preparation, such as spinal exams and extremities exams. Others may require a booked appointment due to the fact that you may need to fast and be given a contrast as part of the examination.
If needed you will be asked to sit in the waiting area and drink an amount of fluid. You may also require an intravenous (IV) contrast to be given to highlight vascularity on the images, if this is the case a radiologist will be in the practice during the exam.