Information for Patients
About the scan
A CT Scanner (Computed Tomography) uses x-rays to take 3D images of your body. These Low Radiation Dose scans can be used to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions throughout your body. These scans can be combined with the injection of iodine-based contrast agents into a vein to provide additional information, demonstrate your arteries and veins and check for abnormalities within organs such as brain, lungs, liver and kidneys.
CT Scanners can also be used to assess your bones and to both diagnose and guide treatment of many spinal and joint problems.
Information we need before booking your appointment
We will require your referral from your Doctor and your Medicare Card. Our Admin team will ask you to complete some paperwork, so we have all your important details on file.
For CT Scans you will be required to make an appointment as there is often preparation involved.
How to prepare before the scan
You will be given all the information about preparation at the time you make your booking. Depending on the area of your body being scanned you may need to fast for several hours, fill your bladder etc.
When you arrive for your scan you may be asked to complete a questionnaire and consent form about the contrast injection. Your Radiographer will go over this form with you in the CT room and answer all your questions.
What to expect during the scan
Our experienced Radiographers will take the time to explain the procedure to you. You will be asked to lie down on the CT table and will move in and out of the scanner several times throughout your examination. If a contrast injection is required, the Radiographer will need to insert a cannula into a vein in your arm.
During your scan you will need to remain still and may be asked to hold your breath at certain stages.
Time to complete the scan
Most CT Scans will take between 5 – 25 minutes to complete.
What to do after the scan
Our friendly clinical team members will direct you back to a change room and then on to the Front Reception from where you will be free to leave if you have completed all your examinations.
At ClinRad, like all private radiology practices, our billing is governed by Medicare and the rebates they provide. Unlike other private radiology clinics though, ClinRad will always aim to Bulk Bill you for any CT scan possible provided you have a valid Medicare card.
About the results
Your images and report are sent to your referring Doctor. We recommend that you make an appointment with them to discuss your results.
About the equipment
At ClinRad we use one of the most up-to-date CT Scanners on the market. This helps us to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality images, with the lowest possible radiation dose.
Safety and individual suitability of the scan
Our experienced Radiographers and Radiologist will always work with you and your referring practitioner to ensure you are having the imaging procedure that will provide the most relevant information.
Safety and suitability of contrast agents
If you have any concerns about the use of Contrast for your scan, or have any known allergies please discuss this with the Radiographer. Our staff will always ensure a safe environment for you and make sure that all necessary precautions are taken.