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Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan

  • What is a Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan?

    A computerised tomography (CT) scan is an examination that uses digital imaging and x-ray to obtain cross-sectional images of the body. It provides clear images of various body structures such as bone, blood vessels and soft tissues. The images provide thorough information to assist your doctor in diagnosing your condition.

    It is a relatively simple and non-invasive test. You will be asked to lie still on your back on a platform that moves you through a tunnel containing the x-ray scanner. Before your CT scan appointment, you are required to make some preparations, such as fasting for about 4 hours prior to your CT scan if an intravenous contrast (medication used to highlight blood vessels and tissues) needs to be injected. You also need to inform the staff of any allergies you may have or medications you are taking.

  • Your doctor might recommend a CT scan to provide detailed views of various types of tissue, including the lungs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. If you suffered a stroke, a CT scan can determine the location of the blockage or bleeding in the brain that has caused the stroke. It also allows your doctor to identity both normal and abnormal structures in a painless, non-invasive and accurate manner.

    A CT scan aids in the planning and preparation of particular surgeries including awake craniotomy (brain surgery to remove brain lesions) and deep brain stimulation surgery. It is also useful in the planning and guiding of radiotherapy (cancer treatment), needle biopsies and other minimally invasive operations.

  • At Parkway East Hospital, you can look forward to receive treatment from our friendly staff and specialists who are here to see you through each step of your journey towards recovery. 

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