CT stands for computerised tomography. A CT scan produces cross-sectional images of the bones, soft tissues and blood vessels inside your body. It is used to diagnose problems such as fractures and bone tumours. It can accurately pinpoint problems such as blood clots and infections. In addition doctors use CT scans to guide certain surgical procedures and biopsies.
A CT scan is a series of X-rays taken from different angles. These are fed into a computer processor to produce detailed cross-sectional images of the inside of your body. The CT scanner is a short tunnel with a bed that slides inside it while the X-ray tube rotates around your body.
The X-rays produced by a CT scan are more detailed than plain X-rays. In some cases, contrast dye may be used to show up certain structures inside your body more clearly, for example, blood vessels or intestines.
Doctors use CT scans routinely to diagnose conditions affecting the head, neck, chest, spine, bones and internal organs. They may help to pinpoint the precise location of an infection or tumour, to monitor the effectiveness of certain types of treatment, such as cancer treatment, or to guide some surgical procedures or biopsies. Here at Berkshire Imaging we carry out more specialist CT scans such as:
- Cardiac CT scans to investigate chest pains without the need for a more invasive procedure called an angiogram. A cardiac CT scans the coronary arteries.
- CT colonography is a less invasive procedure than a traditional colonoscopy. It is used to detect polyps and cancers of the colon.
- CT angiography is used to evaluate blood vessels in the arms and legs without the need for more invasive techniques.
Depending on which part of your body is being scanned, you may need to come into the X-ray department up to an hour before your scan. If we are scanning internal organs or blood vessels we may give you an injection of contrast dye into your arm. This can sometimes create a warm feeling or an unusual taste in your mouth or you may feel like you need to go for a wee.
These sensations are normal and will quickly pass. If we are doing an abdominal scan we may ask you to drink a special liquid. This shows up your bowel more clearly on the scans.
We will ask you to lie on the scanner. It has a moving bed that slides inside the CT tunnel. Unlike an MRI scan, the CT tunnel is very short. The time inside it is very brief so most patients don’t feel claustrophobic. If you do have any concerns, please get in touch.
Although you will be exposed to a small amount of radiation during a CT scan, we use a highly advanced type of scanner. This scanner is capable of producing very detailed images using a small radiation dose.
Your scan will enable your doctor or consultant to make an accurate diagnosis or plan the most effective course of treatment for your condition. For this reason the benefits are generally believed to outweigh any small amount of risk. However, if you are concerned, talk to your doctor or radiologist.
CT scans can be used for image guided treatments such as image guided joint and soft tissue injections.
We use these leading edge CT imaging technologies to improve the efficacy of certain types of treatment. These are minimally-invasive pinhole treatments where CT scan can increase accuracy of the procedure.
Why choose Berkshire Imaging?
We are one of the largest private radiology groups in Berkshire, providing imaging for patients across the county. We are leaders in medical imaging and image guided treatments. As a result we use cutting edge technologies to diagnose and treat many different and often complex conditions.
When you are concerned about your health, you want a doctor to see and treat you as quickly as possible. With Berkshire Imaging you will receive a prompt and accurate diagnosis. This can help ensure better outcomes if you need treatment or put your mind at ease if you don’t.
Where Are You Based?
We provide imaging for patients right across Berkshire. From Newbury and Thatcham in the West along the M4 corridor to Reading, Bracknell and Wokingham and as far as Maidenhead and Slough, we have helped hundreds of patients in Berkshire. Our strong relationships with all the major private hospitals across Berkshire enable us to offer rapid access to private scans in several locations.
Frequently asked questions – CT scans
We offer the following CT scans:
- temporal bones
- abdomen and pelvis
- virtual colonoscopy
- peripheral angiogram
Yes, it is safe to drive home if you have had an injection of contrast dye.
If your CT scan requires an injection of dye we need to ensure your kidney is functioning properly. You will need to have had a blood test to check this in the 3 months before your scan.
Normally you will only be in the scan room for 5 to 10 minutes and the scan itself often takes under a minute.
We offer a broad range of treatments at Berkshire Imaging, at a number of different locations. For this reason the price will vary. Please call 0118 338 2500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an accurate price. You can also get in touch via our contact page. You can read more information relating to payments and insurance on our payment information page.
We will send your results promptly to your referring clinician. They will then get in touch to discuss them with you.