Computed tomography (CT) is a fast and patient friendly imaging procedure that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures or ‘slices’ of your body. CT images are produced using X-ray technology and powerful computers.
It is an excellent medical tool that is used to detect a whole range of disorders and can be used to scan most parts of the body and can evaluate soft tissue and bone. In particular, it may be used to diagnose subtle fractures, tumours, tiny kidney stones, strokes and blockages of arteries. CT can also be used to evaluate the lungs, the heart, coronary arteries, major body organs and bowel.
Additional & relevant information
Please inform your Radiographer before the scan if any of the following apply to you:
- You are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant;
- You have an iodine allergy, in which case a special preparation is to be done 24 hours before the scan will be required.