A computed tomography (CT) scanner is a special type of x-ray machine which uses computer techniques to produce cross sectional images of your body. To obtain these images, the x-ray tube moves around your body while you lie flat on a table.
The examination involves a small dose of x-ray radiation. Our staff are trained and our equipment and scan protocols optimised to keep this radiation dose as low as possible, while still achieving high quality images. There is always a considered balance to be struck between the benefits of detecting and diagnosing disease (potential benefits) and the potential risks of radiation exposure. If you would like to read more about radiation risk, you may find the following link helpful:
Please advise our Radiographer if you are or think you may be pregnant.
Booking your appointment
Please call our friendly staff on 8402 0200. You may request a site convenient to you, otherwise the booking staff can suggest your nearest location.
What to bring
- Radiology referral
- Medicare card
- Healthcare / Concession card (if applicable)
- Previous relevant imaging
- Other relevant documents
Preparation for your study
Our staff will explain any relevant preparation with you over the phone at the time of booking. The following preparation instructions are a reminder:
Abdominal / pelvis
Do not eat or drink any fluid that is not considered clear for four hours prior to your appointment.
Do not drink any coffee/caffeinated drinks, smoke or eat chocolate for 24 hours prior to your appointment. Clear fluids are okay. You must also bring a list of your medications.
Cardiac Calcium Score
Do not drink any coffee/caffeinated drinks and do not smoke for six hours prior to your appointment.
Do not eat for four hours prior to your appointment.
Most ultrasound studies require 10 - 30 minutes, depending on the region being examined. More complex examinations may take a little longer. Please arrive at your appointment time, or at the time instructed when booking.
Our staff will discuss pricing with you at the time of booking. Radiology SA bulk bills all healthcare and concession card holders.
Results will be forwarded to your practitioner.
Your referring practitioner is the primary person responsible for discussing the examination results with you, and any associated implications. They are best placed to explain the findings in the context of your presentation and past medical history.