All CT scans require an appointment. If it is urgent, please let our staff know at the time of booking and they will do their best to accommodate you.
All CT scans and CT procedures are Bulk Billed for Medicare eligible examinations.
What is a CT scan?
The computed tomography (CT) scan is a medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays and digital computer technology to create cross-sectional images of the body. We can use the data collected to recreate images in any plane as well as 3D images. We are able to use various techniques to image most structures within the body.
The following link is an excellent resource provided by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists® for both Patients and Clinicians. Please take the time to have a read of this before your examination.
At In Focus Radiology we use an industry leading Ultra Low Dose Philips Ingenuity CT Scanner. We are one of the few practices in Australia that operates and applies an advance Imaging Software to our images called IMR. IMR is unique to the Philips Ingenuity Scanners. Depending on the type of examination you are having and your physical attributes, we are able to use this software to reduce your radiation exposure up to 60-80% whilst still providing exceptional quality images. Even without IMR software applied, our CT scanner always applies the iDose radiation reduction software to your scan, ultimately providing you with one of the lowest dose imaging techniques available in Australia today.
All of our CT staff are highly skilled professionals that posses a vast amount of experience. They are trained to apply the correct parameters and techniques to achieve the fine balance between high quality diagnostic images whilst using the “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA) principal to minimise radiation exposure to our patients.
Booking and Before Your Examination
It is important that you have your request form with you whilst making your appointment. There are various studies that can be performed using CT and each one has a different examination time and preparation.
We may ask you a question relating to the form written by the referrer or about your health to ensure we are making the correct booking for your needs and providing you with the correct preparation for the examination.
When you arrive, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire before the examination and sign a consent form in the case you may need a contrast injection for your examination. If you have had an adverse reaction to a previous contrast injection or other drugs, if you are allergic to iodine or if you have poor renal function, please let us know.
On the day of your examination, if you have had previous radiology scans of the same area performed elsewhere, please bring them with you for comparison.
Below is a short list of preparations for our common CT examinations. For more detailed information, please choose your examination from the list on the left.
Spine, Bones and Joints: No preparation required.
Head and Chest: No food for 4 hours prior. Drink water only and be well hydrated.
Abdomen and Pelvis: No food for 4 hours prior. Drink water only and be well hydrated. Arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time.
CT Angiography: No food for 4 hours prior. Drink water only and be well hydrated.
For your safety, it is important to inform us at the time of your booking if you:
- are pregnant
- have had a previous reaction to a contrast injection
- are allergic to iodine
- have poor renal function
- are a diabetic
Allergic reactions to contrast can occur but significant reactions are rare, and generally respond to antihistamines. Our staff members are equipped and trained to treat contrast reactions in the odd occasion it may occur.
Your Images and Report
It is important that you make an appointment to return to your doctor after your visit with us. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to correlate your results with other information for further management.
Depending on your referrer’s preference(s), a copy of the report and images will be sent directly to your referring doctor within 2 business days. You may also be given a copy of your images on film or CD for your own records.
In urgent circumstances, our specialist will speak with your doctor directly by telephone the same day of your examination.
Digital copies of all studies are stored on our secured database for comparison with any future examinations.