CT stands for “computed tomography” and it is a form of advanced x-ray imaging. A CT scan makes highly detailed images of the brain and body that cannot be seen using a regular x-ray scan. This can mean an earlier and more accurate diagnosis of some diseases or conditions.
During a CT scan, a thin x-ray beam rotates around the patient. Detectors measure the x-rays and a computer creates a cross-sectional image or “slice” of that part of the body. A three-dimensional image can be created by combining the slices.
What can I expect during the exam?
CT scans are performed by a technologist. You will be asked to lie on a special table that will move into the scanner. The scanner is a large doughnut-shaped machine. The technologists will control the exam from another room. Even though they are not in the room with you, they will be able to see and hear you at all times.
You must lie perfectly still during the CT scan. This is very important. You will hear a whirring sound. This is the x-ray tube rotating within the scanner. However, nothing will touch you. During the scan, you may be asked to hold your breath, but only for a few seconds at a time.
The images produced are interpreted by a radiologist (a doctor specialized in the reading of x-rays). He or she will report your results to your doctor. Your doctor will then provide you with this information.
You can return to normal activities, such as driving a car, after the CT scan.
Tests and Procedures
Your doctor may give you information and preparation instructions for you to follow.
Location, Hours and Contact Information
Main Hospital, 2nd Floor, O Block
Report to CT Scan / Ultrasound / X-Ray reception desk
For easier access, use the Hospital’s South Entrance.
Appointments available Monday to Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Telephone: 204-235-3150 | Fax: 204-233-6377