Computed Tomography Imaging (CT)
Computed tomography (CT) is an imaging procedure that uses special x-ray equipment to create detailed 2D and 3D images of soft tissue, bone, fat, muscles and internal organs. This provides the radiologist with high quality images for diagnostic purposes. A CT scan can also be used to assist in procedures by helping to accurately guide the placement of needles or other instruments for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
CT uses low dose x-ray to examine specific areas of your body.
Contrast media may be used during the scan and may be administered orally or by injection. It has the property of absorbing x-rays and therefore is helpful in interpretation of the scan images.
Not all scans require oral or intravenous contrast, and the Radiologist supervising the scan may decide that this is required for your scan to provide better quality images.
Prior to your scan:
You will need to make an appointment for this examination. Our bookings staff will discuss your scan and advise any preparation which may be required to acquire the best images. If you are pregnant, or suspect that you may be, it is unlikely that we will be able to perform a CT scan and this should be discussed with your doctor. If you have allergies, diabetes, kidney disease or asthma please advise our bookings staff of this when you make your appointment.
If you have medical insurance, you may obtain prior approval for your procedure. Auckland Radiology Group is an approved provider for Southern Cross for CT services, which means you may need to only pay a co-payment (depending upon your insurance plan). We can advise what this cost will be.
On the day of your appointment:
Please arrive at the time advised to you by our bookings staff and check in with reception upon arrival.
After we have checked that all of your details are correct, depending upon the type of scan you are having, there may an additional form to complete.
If your scan requires oral contrast, you will be given this as a liquid to drink prior to your scan commencing. An IV may be required for contrast injections.
For your comfort, you may be requested to change into one of our gowns.
After your scan:
Unless you have had a CT guided injection, you can return to your daily activities.
If you have had a CT guided injection, our specialist or CT technician will advise you how long you should rest for, before resuming normal activities.
Your report will usually be available to your referrer within 24 hours of your scan. If you case is urgent please advise the technician at scan time.
CT bookings, please phone:
Remuera Road, Remuera 09 529 4850 212 Wairau Road, Glenfield 09 442
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