A CT scan is an advanced X-ray technique that uses X-ray and computer technology to obtain cross-sectional images of the body, giving detailed information for diagnosis.
COMMON USES OF CT SCAN:
- Study of the head and neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis as well as the skeleton.
- Diagnosis of cancers, such as lung, liver and pancreatic cancers; to confirm or exclude the presence of tumour, evaluate its size and location.
- Identification of injuries to internal organs in case of trauma.
- A significant role in the detection and diagnosis of cardio-vascular diseases.
PREPARATIONS FOR CT SCAN:
- 4-6 hrs fasting is required for CT Angiography with Calcium Score, CT Scan of Neck, Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis.
- No special preparation of food restriction is required.
- A contrast medium may be administered to highlight relevant areas. Depending on the region to be scanned, you may be given oral contrast or intravenous contrast.
- Inform the radiographer if you suffer from diabetes, mellitus, asthma, heart condition, kidney problems and any drug allergies.