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CT Scans

CT Scans

Information for patients having a CT scan

CT Scans are performed at Pall Mall Medical,
1 Belvedere Road,
Newton Le Willows, WA12 0JJ.

What is a CT scan?

A CT scan is carried out by using a special X-ray machine, which produces an image the body.

Are there any risks?

CT scanning involves the use of X-rays. Women who are or might be pregnant must inform a member of staff in advance of attending for your scan. Usually we suggest that you also let us know if it is longer than 10 days since your last period, otherwise we may ask you to take a pregnancy test to be sure. The amount of radiation used is more than an ordinary X-ray of the chest or body and is equal to the natural radiation that we receive from the atmosphere over a period of approximately three years.

CT Scans requiring 'contrast'

Some areas of the body being examined by CT require contrast. These can include:
Colon
Urinary Tract
Brain
Abdomen
Pelvis
Chest
Liver
 
Many CT examinations involve you having a contrast medium injected into a vein to increase the quality of information obtained from the scan. The injection usually causes nothing more than a warm feeling passing around your body.
 
You should let a staff member know if you have diabetes, kidney problems, asthma or any allergies, especially to iodine prior to attending for your scan. If you have ever had any major kidney problems a blood test may be performed before scanning called eGFR.
Sometimes the contrast may be taken as drink before the examination is performed. You need to attend one hour prior to your scan as the drink (contrast) should be taken slowly over this hour. A member of our team will advise you of this when you arrive.
 

CT scanning involves the use of X-rays. Women who are or might be pregnant must inform a member of staff in advance of attending for your scan. Usually we suggest that you also let us know if it is longer than 10 days since your last period, otherwise we may ask you to take a pregnancy test to be sure. The amount of radiation used is more

Are you required to make any special preparations?

Unless you have been told otherwise, you may eat and drink normally before and after the scan.

Can you bring a relative/friend?

Yes, but for reasons of safety, they will not be able to accompany you into the examination room.

When you arrive

Please attend the reception desk and you will be taken to the radiology department where the CT scanning is carried out.

The procedure for your examination will be explained to you. If you have to undress for the procedure, you will be shown to a private cubicle where you will be asked to put on the gown provided.

What happens during the CT scan?

You will be taken into the special X-ray room and made comfortable lying on the couch. You may be given contrast, if required. During the scan you will only hear slight buzzing, clicking and whirring sounds as the CT scanners revolves during the course of the procedure.

Once the scanning is complete, you may be asked to wait until it is determined that the images are of high enough quality for the radiologist to read.

Will it be uncomfortable?

No. You will not feel any pain, although you might feel a slight discomfort arising from having to lie still, and of having a full bladder.

How long will it take?

If you are given fluid to drink on arrival, you might have to wait an hour before entering the scanning room. The scanning process will then take about 20 minutes. The total time in the department will be about 90 minutes.

Are there any side-effects?

Not usually. You can drive home afterwards and may return to work as necessary.

Can you eat and drink afterwards?

Yes.

When will you get the results?

The scan will be examined after your visit and a written report on the findings sent to you within 3-5 working days.

Finally...

If you have any more questions or need any more information about your scan, please get in touch and one of our staff will be happy to help and advise you.

Directions

Pall Mall Medical,
1 Belvedere Road,
Newton Le Willows, WA12 0JJ.

Telephone: 0330 058 44 55