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CT scans

Our CT Scan department offers state of the art technology with a spiral scanner for scheduled appointments, and emergency patients.

What is a CT Scan?

  •     Computed Tomography Scan (CT scan) is an imaging technology, which uses x-ray beams (radiation) and computers to form detailed, cross-sectional (sliced) images of an area of anatomy.
  •     CT scans are frequently used to evaluate abnormalities anywhere in the body from blood vessel blockages to damage caused by trauma such as head injuries.
  •     CT scans are also used to locate infections or tumours and cancers. It serves as a valuable tool for use in minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures.
  •     X-ray beams pass through the body parts depending on the density of the structure being scanned. This process is recorded by computers and translated into images in varying shades of gray, which are displayed on monitors and produced on sheets of film, which the radiologist reviews.
  •     The scan itself takes a couple of minutes, but we may do several runs to ensure that the appropriate area is well seen to make a diagnosis, or interpret the necessary information.

Procedures where CT scan is used

  •    Abdomen
  •     Brain
  •     Cervical Spine
  •     Chest
  •     CT Radiotherapy Treatment Planning
  •     CT Angiography (Circulation)
  •     Extremities
  •     Facial Bones
  •     Kidney Stone Study
  •     Lumbar Spine
  •     Neck
  •     Pelvis
  •     Sinuses
  •     Virtual Colonoscopy

Attending for a CT Scan Adults:

Contact the CT scan department beforehand if:
  • You think you have a condition that might prevent a CT Scan.
  • You are having an abdomen and pelvic CT exam (special preparations are required).
  • You have questions or concerns of any kind.

Plan ahead

  • Wear clothing with as few metal fasteners or snaps as possible.
  • Bring your most recent x-ray, CT or MRI scans, your health insurance information and any necessary forms.
  • Check in at least 15 minutes prior your scheduled appointment time at the department. A child and / or patient requiring special preparation or sedation may be asked to arrive earlier.
  • Plan for at least 30 minutes to complete your CT examination. The length of your scan will depend on the type of information needed and may require more or less time.
  • Patients with diabetes and taking any form of Glucophage (Metformin), HIV positive, greater than 60 years old may need blood tests levels prior to the IV contrast exam.

If your doctor has prescribed sedation or pain medication

  • Arrive at the department at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register for your examination / procedure and take your prescribed oral sedative or pain medication.
  • Make prior arrangements to be driven home from your procedure.
  • Plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Do not drive, operate machinery or make important decisions for the rest of the day following your examination or procedure.