A computerised tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. CT scans are only used when the doctor responsible for your care decides there’s a clear medical benefit.
Although CT scans are generally safe, they do expose you to slightly more radiation than other types of imaging tests. The amount of radiation you’re exposed to can vary depending on the type of scan you have. In most cases, the benefits outweigh any potential risks because a CT scan can provide your doctor with much clearer images than those produced by a normal X-ray.
During a CT scan, you will usually lie on your back on a flat bed. The CT scanner consists of an X-ray tube that rotates around your body. The X-rays will be received by a detector on the opposite side of your body and an image of the scan will be produced by a computer.
The images produced by a CT scan are called tomograms and are more detailed than standard X-rays. A CT scan can produce images of structures inside the body, including the internal organs, blood vessels, bones and tumours.
The scan is painless and will usually take approximately 10 minutes depending on the part of your body being scanned. Some people are concerned about experiencing claustrophobia during a CT procedure. However, most CT scanners surround only portions of the body, not the whole body. Therefore, people are not enclosed in a machine and are unlikely to feel claustrophobic.
CT scans can be used to diagnose and monitor a variety of different health conditions, including brain tumours, certain bone conditions, and injuries to internal organs such as the kidneys, liver or spleen. They can also now being used to look at the heart.
Your scan results won’t be available immediately. A computer will need to process the information from your scan and then they will be analysed by a radiologist. After analysing the images, the radiologist will write a report and send it to our Curative Team here at Curian Medical. This usually takes a few days.
Curian Medical has access to an extensive network of venues across the country for CT scanning, at affordable prices and appointments can be made within a few days. To learn more about how we can assist you with our nationwide CT scanning service then please do feel free to call Amanda O’Neill on 0121 236 8377 or firstname.lastname@example.org