CT Scan

What is a CT Scan?

A CT (Computed Tomography) scan is a detailed x-ray examination. It is a simple painless procedure, which last from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the particular examination. The Radiographer will ask you to lie either on your back or front on the scan table. The Radiographer will then position you for the examination. During the scan, you may communicate with the Radiographer at any time the need arises. Certain types of CT examinations require an injection of a contrast agent or "X-Ray Dye".  If you require this injection a small needle will be inserted in a vein in your arm before the scan.

If you are attending a renal consultant or have had any renal procedures performed in the past e.g. Nephrectomy etc, you must make an appointment at St. James' Hospital or your own
GP to have a blood test a few days prior to your CT appointment and then you must bring these results with you on the day.
If you have any queries please contact your Urologist / Dept within St. James' Hospital.



CT Thorax Preparation (PDF 30Kb)

CT Abdomen/Pelvis Preparation (PDF 28Kb)

CT Colonography Preparation (PDF 26Kb)