What is a CT scan?

The letters CT stand for (computed tomography) and this diagnostic test is a type of scan which uses an X-ray tube to create a beam of X-rays which pass through your body to produce two-dimensional images or ‘slices’ of your body, or part of it. These images can be stacked to create a three-dimensional image. These images can help medical professionals diagnose and monitor many different medical conditions.

What health conditions can a CT scan diagnose and monitor? 

They can be used to diagnose and monitor a number of different health conditions including:

– bleeding in the brain

– heart problems

– bone fractures; or

– certain types of cancer

It is widely used in the diagnosis of acute abdominal pain and stroke. It can also help surgeons plan surgery before an operation.

What should you expect when having a CT scan?

If you have a CT scan you will be asked to lie flat the scanner, which slides into, or out of, the scanner ring and is controlled by a radiographer who controls the positioning of the table.

During the scan you may be asked to hold your breath or not to swallow at certain points during the scan. You may experience some whirring noises when inside the scanner.

How long does it take?

A CT scan can last 10-20 minutes, depending on the examination. However, you may be in the hospital for up to a couple of hours, as you will need to prepare for your scan in advance. During the CT scan, you will be asked to keep very still as any movement will blur the images.

Information sourced: https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/c/ctscan

If you have Private Medical Insurance, CT scans are usually covered, subject to eligibility and policy cover, all of which SMP Healthcare Ltd can help clarify for you. Simply, contact us today on 01245 929129 or alternatively email enquiries@smphealthcare.com.