CT Scans

A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) uses computers and rotating X-ray machines to create cross-sectional images of the body. These images provide more detailed information than normal X-ray images. They can show the soft tissues, blood vessels, and bones in various parts of the body. A CT scan may be used to visualize the:

  • head

  • shoulders

  • spine

  • heart

  • abdomen

  • knee

  • chest

During a CT scan, you lie in a tunnel-like machine while the inside of the machine rotates and takes a series of X-rays from different angles. These pictures are then sent to a computer, where they’re combined to create images of slices, or cross-sections, of the body. They may also be combined to produce a 3-D image of a particular area of the body.


 

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How to Prepare for your CT Scan?

How do I prepare for  my Contrast CT Scan?
1. Patients are not to have anything solid to eat, six (6) hours before the scan. Only clear fluids (coconut water, tea/coffee without milk or creamer or a clear water soup) may be allowed.
2. You should drink about 500ml of water up until the CT Scan
3. All medically prescribed medication may be taken, with water ONLY.
4. Please wear/ walk with, clothing free from metallic objects. (Eg T-Shirt, Track-Pants, Tights)
5.  Blood Test Required:    Bun              Creatinine              TSH

Perform the blood test, at least (1) one week prior to the scan. The results MUST be brought with you on the day of your appointment. The result of the blood test would determine if the scan can be conducted as scheduled.

6. All previous studies MUST be brought in with you on the day of the scan.
7. You may bring something to eat and/or drink, which you may have AFTER the CT Scan is completed.