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CT Scan (Computerised Tomography)

Private CT scanning is available at The Edinburgh Clinic for general scanning and dental CT scanning. During your appointment you can relax in our calming, unique and quality clinical environment, while our team of experienced and fully qualified radiographers perform your scan.

What is a CT scan?

A CT scan uses a series of X-rays and a specialised computer to produce cross section images of organs and structures in the body. When put together the images can be viewed as a 2D or 3D image by your radiologist for assessment and diagnostic purposes. CT can image different tissues including bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. An injecton of a contrast agent may be required.

Preparing for a CT scan

  • Continue to take any prescribed medication unless you are told otherwise.
  • If you are pregnant or there is any possibility you may be pregnant, please tell your radiographer before your scan.
  • Inform the imaging staff if you have any allergies or suffer from asthma or diabetes.

What happens when you arrive for a CT scan?

  • Please report to the main reception area where you will be greeted by the administration staff. You will then be escorted by a member of staff to the imaging department.
  • If your scan requires that you change out of your clothes, a member of our imaging team will show you to a changing area. We provide gowns, tunic and trouser sets, dressing gowns and slippers for your comfort. Storage for your belongings is available, however, The Edinburgh Clinic cannot take responsibility for loss or damage to any personal belongings.
  • Some scans require you to drink some fluids before your scan, this would be explained prior to your appointment.

What happens during the scan?

A radiographer will take you into the CT scanning room and position you on the scanning table, where they will explain in detail what will happen during your CT scan and you can ask any questions you may have before the scanning is commenced.

During the scan, the table you lie on will move slowly in and out of the scanner, which is a large ring shaped like a doughnut. Nothing will touch you but you will hear the scanner making a whirring noise as it performs the scan, and you may also feel the table move beneath you.

You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds at a time during the scanning process.

An injection of a contrast agent may be required for your scan. This can help to visualise the organs and blood vessels more clearly.

What happens after your CT scan?

If you have changed out of your clothes for your scan you can get dressed and go home when you feel ready. Some scans may require you to stay in the department for up to 30 mins after your scan.

Your results

The CT scan is reported by a sub-specialist consultant radiologist typically within 48 hours of your scan and a report will be sent to your referring clinician.