CT Scan Wollongong

CT Scan Wollongong

Wollongong, Warrawong, and Corrimal

 

A CT scan is a medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays to create detailed images of the body. It can help diagnose and treat medical conditions, as well as monitor progress after treatment has been administered.

 

What is a CT scan?

A computed tomography (CT) scan, also called a CAT scan, creates detailed images of the inside of your body—such as your organs, bones, and other tissues—using X-ray technology and specialized software. The resulting images are then used by doctors to diagnose diseases or injuries within the body.

CT, or Computed Tomography, uses X-rays to produce detailed three-dimensional images of any part of the body.

What Happens During a CT Scan?

When you arrive for your CT scan appointment, you will be asked to lie down on a table that slides into the center of a large machine that looks like a doughnut. During the test, an X-ray tube will rotate around you while taking pictures from different angles. These pictures are then processed by a computer to create detailed cross-sectional images of your body’s internal structures. The entire process typically takes about 30 minutes and is painless; however, depending on what type of test you are having done, you may need contrast dye injected into your bloodstream in order to get better quality images.

What Are The Risks Vs Benefits Of Having A CT Scan?

CT scans are generally safe procedures with minimal risk of side effects or complications. However, there are certain risks associated with radiation exposure from the x-rays used in the scan. On the other hand, there are many benefits to having a CT scan including early detection and diagnosis of diseases or injuries; accurate visualization of internal structures; and improved treatment outcomes due to more detailed information about a patient’s condition.

Preparation for a CT Scan

Before your appointment for a CT scan, it’s important to talk with your doctor about any allergies or medical conditions you may have that could affect your experience during or after the procedure. Your doctor may also ask you to avoid eating or drinking for several hours before your appointment in order to reduce any discomfort during the scan. Additionally, some patients may need to take medications prior to their appointment in order to reduce anxiety or improve image quality during the procedure.

Our Machines

Wollongong Diagnostics is equipped with the latest low-dose CT scanners available on the market. Our scanners are very comfortable for patients of all ages and sizes.

​Radiation safety is always our priority. We are highly committed to producing the best possible images at the lowest possible radiation dose. All our scanners are equipped with the latest dose reduction features, which reduces radiation dose by up to 70% compared to similar scanners without these features. Our radiation doses are well below the recommended levels set by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

A CT scan is an invaluable tool for diagnosing and treating medical conditions quickly and accurately without invasive procedures like surgery. While there are certain risks associated with radiation exposure from these scans, these risks are greatly outweighed by the potential benefits such as early detection and accurate visualizations of internal structures which can lead to improved treatment outcomes overall.

If you have any questions regarding charges or would like to know more information, please contact our friendly staff on admin@wollongongdiagnostics.com.au or corrimal@wollongongdiagnostics.com.au or call us on (02) 4249 2710.