CT stands for 'computed tomography' and uses X-rays to make the images of the inside of your body that are cross-sections or 'slices' of your body.
The separate scans are then joined together to make a detailed 3D image called a 'tomogram'. These are far more detailed than standard X-rays, and show internal organs, blood vessels and tumours.
A CT scan can be used to diagnose or monitor many health conditions, including fractures, sinusitis, urology problems, tumours and bone disease. Doctors often use CT scans to take a close look inside your body before performing a procedure such as a biopsy or radiology treatment.
What happens during a CT scan?
A radiographer will perform your scan and will explain carefully what will happen to you and answer any questions you have. You will then lie flat inside a ring-shaped machine and the ring will rotate around your body. You will be in the scanner for around 5 and 15 minutes. Your total appointment in the department may last up to around 30 minutes.
The CT scan is painless. You may need to have an injection of an X-ray dye known as contrast agent because this will make certain organs or blood vessels show up more clearly on the scan
You will be exposed to some radiation during the CT scan, so pregnant women are advised not to have CT scans because of the risk to the unborn baby. Children are more sensitive to radiation that adults, and will only have a CT scan if it is justified by a serious condition that puts them at a higher risk by not having one.
However, the amount of radiation used is low, and your doctor will only advise you to have a CT scan if the benefits of having the scan are likely to outweigh any potential risk.
Why choose Bupa Cromwell for CT scans?
Bupa Cromwell Hospital offers the best quality imaging available. Our CT scanner can carry out a full body scan in just 10 seconds. This provides high definition imaging in 3D, enabling doctors to see small vessels as thin as a human hair, in any part of the body, and make a quicker diagnosis
For further details read our CT scan patient information guide.
How do I pay for treatment?
We welcome both insured and self-pay patients as well as company and embassy sponsored patients.
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