CT Scans

Our CT scans are performed at both Spire Dunedin and The Royal Berkshire Hospitals.

Spire Dunedin Hospital has recently installed a Toshiba Aquillion CXL 128 which permits extremely fast data acquisition making it particularly suited to Cardiac CT.

At the Royal Berkshire Hospital we utilise a GE High Definition (750 HD) helical CT scanner which uses the latest Gemstone Spectral Imaging combined with state of the art software to produce high resolution imaging using a low radiation dose.

These scanners can perform the latest specialised techniques including:

Cardiac CT to accurately image the coronary arteries without having an invasive angiogram. Cardiac CT is recommended by NICE as the first line test to investigate chest pains in patients who are considered to be low risk for coronary artery disease.

CT colonography is an alternative to a traditional colonoscope, creating a 3D visualisation of the colon to detect polyps and cancers. The demand for this test is growing rapidly as it has been shown to be equally accurate, but is less invasive than a formal colonoscope.

CT angiography to evaluate the blood vessels of the arm and legs without the need for invasive techniques.

Orthopaedic CT to assess joints, including replacements, with incredible detail, imaging down to 0.625mm slice thickness.

Commonly performed CT scans include the following:

  • CT Head - including CT angiogram, CT venogram
  • CT Neck - including CT carotid arteries
  • CT temporal bones
  • CT Sinuses
  • CT Chest - including CT pulmonary angiogram and high resolution Lung CT
  • CT Coronary angiogram
  • CT Abdomen and pelvis - including dedicated liver, pancreas
  • CT Colon - Virtual Colonoscopy
  • CT Kidneys/bladder - CT KUB/ CT IVU
  • CT Hips
  • CT Spine
  • CT Knees
  • CT Peripheral angiogram

Having a CT scan

Depending upon the body area to be examined, you may be asked to come to the x-ray department up to one hour before the investigation. If the abdomen is to be scanned you may be asked to drink a special liquid that enables us to see your bowel more clearly. For many CT scans, a needle will be placed in a vein in your arm, so that an injection of contrast can be given to help demonstrate blood vessels and other tissues in your body.

The CT scanner is very quick and quiet and you are unlikely to be in the scan room for more five to ten minutes although the scanning time itself is usually less than one minute. Although you do pass through a tunnel during the scan, unlike an MRI scan, the CT tunnel is very short and the scan time brief, so patients very rarely feel claustrophobic.

If an injection is given, you may get a hot feeling, a funny taste in the mouth and even, on occasion, a feeling like you are passing water. Do not worry, this is all normal and these sensations pass very quickly.

Whilst the Radiographer who performs the scan can reassure you that the appropriate images have been obtained, they will not be able to give you a report straight after the scan. A Berkshire Imaging Consultant Radiologist will interpret the images the same day and send a report to your own Consultant or GP.

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