Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

CT stands for Computed Tomography and uses multiple X-ray images to produce fine cross-sectional images of the part of the body being investigated.

A CT scan uses X-rays and digital computer technology to obtain these cross-sectional images of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. These scans provide more detailed images than a plain X-ray image.

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CT Imaging FAQs

    • Our team will provide any specific instructions at the time of booking and these should be followed carefully.

    • We recommend wearing a separate top and bottoms during your appointment as this makes changing for the examination easier.

    • If you are pregnant or there is a possibility of you being pregnant, please let our staff know before your examination.

  • You may be asked to change into a hospital gown for your scan to ensure clothing does not affect the quality of the scan. You may also be asked to remove any jewellery, glasses or other metal objects that could affect the image quality.

    For some CT scans, it may be recommended to have an injection of contrast material (or contrast dye). This will be discussed with you prior to your examination.

    A CT scanner is a doughnut-shaped with a bed passing through the middle. You will be asked to lie on the bed as still as you can. The bed will move through the scanner to acquire your images.

    Throughout the CT you will be able to communicate with the radiographer performing your scan.

    You may be given breathing instructions to follow. The radiographer performing your examination will explain this to you before your scan.

  • A CT scan can take between 5 minutes and 30 minutes depending on which part of the body is scanned and whether you require a contrast injection.

  • To book a CT scan with Queensland X-Ray, access our portal here.

  • The terms CAT scan and CT scan refer to the same type of medical imaging procedure. CAT stands for “Computed Axial Tomography” and CT is simply “Computed Tomography”. Although CAT scan was the first term used, CT scan has become more common in recent years.

  • The cost of scans are subject to variation based on several factors. We will inform you of the CT scan price at the time of booking. If you have any questions about costs or Medicare eligibility, please feel free to contact us, and one of our team members will be happy to assist you with your query.

  • CT scans are a powerful diagnostic tool that can detect life-threatening conditions such as haemorrhage, blood clots, and cancer. Early detection of these conditions can be lifesaving.

    A CT scanner uses X-rays, which produce ionising radiation that have the potential to cause biological effects in living tissue. The risk of developing cancer from X-ray radiation exposure is minimal.

    It is important to note that the benefits of a CT scan often outweigh the risks associated with radiation exposure. If you have any concerns about your upcoming CT scan, please do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor.

Watch: Having a CT Scan with Queensland X-Ray

How much will it cost?

Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.

How do I access my images?

At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.

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