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CT Scanning Entrance

The entrance to the
CT Scanning department.

CT Scanning

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Main department telephone no: 01473 702075
Nearest car park:
Nearest entrance:
Directions from entrance to department:
Car Park F. View car parking information.
Entrance 6 (Outpatients)
Follow signs for Diagnostic Imaging. View hospital map.
Overview: Photograph of a CT scannerCT stands for Computed Tomography: meaning a series of X-rays are taken and analysed by a computer to produce a set of cross-sectional pictures.

The body naturally divides into head, chest, abdominal and pelvic regions. Usually only one or two regions will be scanned at the request of your doctor. The scan will show the individual organs, joints and soft tissue together with any damage caused by injury or disease.

The CT Scan suite has two state-of-the-art 64-slice volume scanners. They are both equipped with ASiR dose-reduction technology. This has allowed us to reduce the X-ray dose you receive by up to 40%.

The scanners are also equipped with technology that allows us to use the scanners in interventional cases such as biopsies, drainages and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Our RFA team was awarded a Proctorship from Boston Scientific in September 2012 for the work undertaken in the Unit and in October 2012 was awarded ‘highly commended’ (second place) at the East of England Innovations award ceremony.
Opening times: The CT Scan suite is open to outpatients Monday – Friday, 8.30 am – 5 pm.

There are also some evening appointments available. If you prefer a later appointment, please contact the booking team on 01473 702075.
What to expect at your appointment: Please let us know if you are unable to attend your appointment by telephoning 01473 702075.

If you are an asthmatic or a diabetic taking Metformin, or have had a previous allergic reaction to X-ray dye, please contact us before your appointment.

Women who think they may be pregnant should contact us for further advice. If you are breastfeeding, you may carry on as normal before and after your scan.

If you have any special needs or disabilities that may require attention, please let us know before your appointment date.

Our waiting room has been designed with privacy and dignity in mind. We have a separate waiting room for patients who have had to get changed into a hospital gown. We have a disabled toilet, mobile hoist and scanner tables that go low to allow easier access.

Please arrive at the time stated on your appointment letter. We will make every effort to honour your appointment time but we are committed to cover occasional ‘emergency’ cases as a priority, when necessary. The scan will take about 15 – 30 minutes. You may be asked to wait after your examination for up to 15 minutes.

For body and abdominal scans you will need to drink water before your scan. Patients undergoing chest, abdomen, spine and pelvic examinations will be required to wear a gown.

You may eat and drink normally unless otherwise instructed, and should take your usual medications as normal.

A radiographer will take your scan. He or she is highly trained in operating the equipment and will provide for your individual care during and after your examination. A radiologist (a doctor who specialises in X-rays) will supervise your scan. The scan is painless. In the case of chest and abdomen scans, you will be required to hold your breath while the scan is taken.

During the scan you will lie on the scanning couch and will be moved through the centre of the scanner as pictures are taken. These pictures are displayed on a monitor and are then stored electronically. During the procedure it is important to keep still. Instructions will be given to you via an intercom. You won't  feel enclosed in a tunnel as the scanner is open on both sides. Staff will be close by to provide support.

In some cases an injection is necessary. This is because in some instances it is necessary to ‘highlight’ specific areas of the body in order to achieve as much detail as possible from the scan. The injection will be given in a vein in your arm.

There should be no after effects.
When and where to get results of any tests: You will receive your results from your consultant who asked for this test to be carried out. This will be at your next clinic appointment.