Available at both practices
100% bulk billed for all Medicare eligible services*
What is a CT Scan?
The computed tomography (CT) scan is a medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays and digital computer technology to create cross-sectional images of the body. We can use the data collected to recreate images in any plane as well as 3D images. We are able to use various techniques to image most structures within the body.
Depending on what clinical question needs to be answered, will determine the type and number of scans we perform. Some CT scans also requires an injection of contrast. IV Contrast is an iodine-based clear substance that is given via a needle in the arm. It is used to help show blood vessels, better visualise some organs and assist with the diagnosis of pathology. When you arrive for your examination you will be given further information regarding this.
The following link is an excellent resource provided by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists® for both Patients and Clinicians. Please take the time to have a read of this before your examination:
What does this mean for you?
Our scanners combined with our industry leading techniques can reduce your radiation exposure by 60-80% compared with other scanners. All of our CT staff are highly skilled professionals that posses a vast amount of experience. They are trained to apply the correct parameters and techniques to achieve the fine balance between high quality diagnostic images whilst using the “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA) principal to minimise radiation exposure to our patients.
For further information about X-Rays and radiation, please follow the link Radiation Risk Information provided by insideradiology.com.au
All CT scans require an appointment. If it is urgent, please let our staff know at the time of booking and they will do their best to accommodate you on the day. It is important that you have your request form with you whilst making your appointment. There are various studies that can be performed using CT and each one has a different examination time and preparation.
We may ask you a question relating to the form written by the referrer or about your health to ensure we are making the correct booking for your needs and providing you with the correct preparation for the examination.
When you arrive, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire before the examination and sign a consent form in the case you may need a contrast injection for your examination. If you have had an adverse reaction to a previous contrast injection or other drugs, if you are allergic to iodine or if you have poor renal function, please let us know.
On the day of your examination, if you have had previous radiology scans of the same area performed elsewhere, please bring them with you for comparison.
For your safety, it is important to inform us at the time of your booking if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have had a previous reaction to a contrast injection
- Are allergic to iodine
- Have poor renal function
- Are a diabetic
Allergic reactions to contrast can occur but significant reactions are rare, and generally respond to antihistamines. Our staff members are equipped and trained to treat contrast reactions in the odd occasion it may occur.
Below is a short list of preparations for our common CT examinations. For more detailed information, please click on your examination from the list below:
*Excludes obstetric ultrasounds if booked on a Saturday.
We are here for you
We understand that medical procedures can sometimes be overwhelming, but please feel free to call our friendly staff to discuss any of your questions or concerns ahead of your appointment.
Please note that although we are happy to answer questions, you will need to discuss the results of your procedure directly with your referrer.