CT SCAN FAQ's
A CT (Computed Tomography) scan is a medical imaging procedure that uses X-rays and computer technology to create detailed cross-sectional images of the body.
CT scans are used to diagnose and monitor various medical conditions, such as injuries, infections, tumors, and more. Your doctor will recommend a CT scan, if necessary.
Preparation instructions can vary depending on the type of CT scan you're getting. Generally, you might be asked to fast or avoid certain foods and drinks, remove metal objects, or wear a hospital gown.
In most cases, you can resume your regular diet and activities immediately after a CT scan. If you've been asked to fast before the scan, you can eat and drink afterward.
CT scans are generally safe, but they do involve a small amount of radiation exposure. The benefits usually outweigh the risks, but it's essential to inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or have a history of allergies to contrast dye.
The duration of a CT scan varies depending on the area being examined. It typically takes between 15 to 30 minutes, including preparation and scanning.
CT scans are painless. You may need to lie still during the scan, and some people may experience a warm sensation when the contrast dye is injected.
Contrast dye, a substance that enhances the visibility of certain structures in the body, may be used in some CT scans. The radiologist will determine if it's necessary for your specific scan.
While CT scans are generally safe, there can be minor risks associated with radiation exposure and contrast dye, such as allergic reactions. Your healthcare provider will discuss these risks with you.
Inform the team about any allergies, pre-existing health conditions, or if there's a possibility of pregnancy. This information is crucial for ensuring your safety during the procedure.
In case there is a requirement of contrast scan, then a blood test called serum creatine has to be done. It is done to check the functioning of the kidneys, as the dye is removed from the body via the kidneys. Contrast dye is preferably administered, if the kidneys are functioning adequately.
In case of compromised functioning of the kidneys, the choice of whether contrast can be given is made after a discussion between the referring doctor, nephrologist and the radiologist.
Special contrast dye, which is safe for the kidney can be used.
Yes, patients on dialysis can be given contrast just before the dialysis procedure.
The timing of results can vary, but your healthcare provider will typically review the images and discuss the findings with you during a follow-up appointment.
Usually, you need a referral from a healthcare provider to schedule a CT scan. Your doctor will determine whether it's necessary based on your medical condition.
The cost of a CT scan can vary widely depending on the exact type of scan.
You should bring your referral, any prior medical records or images related to your condition, and a list of current medications.
You can typically request a copy of your CT scan images and reports for your personal records.
In most cases, you can drive yourself home after a CT scan unless you have been given a sedative or if there are specific reasons to arrange for transportation.
CT scan can be used for treatment of pain, and for biopsies.
Yes, we routinely perform CT guided biopsies, including bone biopsy.