What is a CT Scan?
A CT scan, or computed tomography scan, is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to get detailed 2D and 3D images of the body using X-RAY and digital technology for diagnostic purposes. It allows the physician to look at any part of the body in cross-sections (or slice).
A CT scan provides much more detail than a standard X-RAY, revealing greater detail of various parts of the body like bones, soft tissues, and blood vessels.
Why is a CT Scan done?
A CT Scan may be advised by your doctor for diagnosing diseases and evaluating injuries and is helpful in
Diagnosing infections, muscle disorders and bone fractures
Pinpointing masses and tumours (including cancer)
Assessing the extent of internal injuries and internal bleeding
Aiding surgical procedures and biopsies
Monitoring effectiveness of treatments for health conditions like cancer, tumour, or heart disease
Additional Contrast Administration and Cost
Additionally, in about 20% of the cases, a patient may need to be administered a contrast (Gadolinium) which aids in getting clear imaging. The contrast is safe and has no significant side effect.
However, if a patient has a history of side effect to contrast administration in the past, they are advised to inform the technician prior to the procedure.
The cost of contrast is between Rs 2,000/- to Rs 3,000/-.
During the procedure
The patient is required to lie very still while the CT Scan is done as movement can cause blurry images.
The patient may be asked to hold their breath for a few seconds to avoid movement of the chest to ensure clear images.
The patient should ensure that they are not carrying any of the following items with them for the scan.
Mobile phones, wallets with ATM cards, keys
Any metallic objects (including zippers, buttons, hair clips, locket, coins, etc)
Metal-embroidered clothes, polyester clothes
Failure to comply with these instructions may result in serious injury and burns to the patient as well as bad image quality.
Pregnant patients should inform their physician and technician prior to the scan.
Reporting Time & Delivery
Reports are typically ready within 24 hours from the time of the scan. The patient can inquire about the status of the report by calling 9988822212.
Once ready, the patient may collect the reports from the centre between 9 AM and 7 PM all days of the week.