Barwon Medical Imaging – CT

A CT scan combines x-ray and digital
technology to create detailed 2D and 3D images of most types of body structures. Images can be created of all areas of the body including bone, blood vessels, and soft
tissue. Most CT scans take between 5 and 20
minutes to perform depending on which areas need to be
scanned. CT scans are available at multiple BMI
locations within Greater Geelong. Before your
appointment can be booked, BMI needs to see your request provided by
physician. A CT radiographer will review the
clinical notes to determine which CT machine is suitable for your scan, and the time required for your examination.
BMI will then contact you to make your appointment at the most suitable location. A
confirmation letter with preparation instructions will also be sent to you. Preparation may include guidelines on a
diet and fluid intake that must be followed prior to your scan. On arrival we will check your details. For your
CT you may be required to remove some
clothing and change into a gown. Any jewelry or piercings in the area we are
scanning must be removed as metal can interfere
with your scan. Many CT scans require you to have a CT
contrast injection, this allows the different organs of the
body to be better visualized. In the CT room the radiographer will position you on the CT bed with cushions to help maintain the
correct position during your scan. The CT radiographer
can see and talk to you from the console area
which is located outside the scan room via an intercom. The CT bed will move in and out of the scanner when your images
are being taken. You may be asked to hold your breath for up to 20 seconds for some scans. When the scan is over patients injected with contrast will be
asked to remain in the CT area for 10 minutes before being allowed
to go about their day and normal activities. Your CT scan can be seen online buy you referring
physician with the written report from a specialist radiologist available to you requesting physician
within one to two days. If you have any further questions
relating to this service, please call Barwon Medical Imaging on 4215 0300. Referrals must be faxed to 4215 3097 Or email to [email protected]

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