CT scan – Computed Tomography

A computed tomography (CT) scan is a computer-assisted X-ray test that uses special equipment to create cross-sectional images and detailed views of the inside of your body. Organs, brain, lungs, tissues, bones and blood vessels may be examined with a CT scan.

The CT scan is a test used to diagnose conditions such as stomach and bowel problems, pulmonary embolism, stroke and certain types of cancer.

The CT scan is a test provided by the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

How to Access Our Services?

  • You must have a referral from your doctor or another healthcare professional to get an appointment for this test.

About The Program

Before Your Appointment

  1. Your family doctor will fax us a request – please make sure that your contact information is accurate so we may call you.
  2. We will call you within 2 to 4 weeks to schedule an appointment, which will take place a few weeks later. Therefore, it could take up to 6 weeks between your doctor’s referral and your appointment, depending on the priority given to your request.
  3. You will receive a reminder a few days before your appointment.

What to Bring

  • Health Card
  • List of all your prescription drugs.

When You Arrive

  • Please register at the self-service registration kiosk 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • After registration, please report directly to the Diagnostic Imaging receptionist who will give you directions to the room for your test.
  • Depending on the type of examination, you may need to remove your clothes and wear a hospital gown.
  • You will have to remove your jewellery, piercings, glasses and any metal objects.

Preparation and Procedure

Depending on the body part being examined, there could be restrictions on eating or drinking for several hours before the test. You could also have to drink a contrast liquid, take a laxative or undergo an enema. We will give you detailed instructions when booking the appointment.

  • If you are breastfeeding, are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell the technologist.
  • During the examination, you lie on a table that slides into the scanner. The X-ray scanner moves around you to take cross-section images.
  • The examination is not painful, but may cause discomfort for some people.
  • The whole visit may take up to 90 minutes.
  • If you received a contrast liquid, drink plenty of water in the 48 hours following the exam. The liquid will eliminate through urine and will be colourless.

Test Results

  • Radiology technologists are not able to give you the results of your exam. Results will be sent to your physician within 10 working days.
  • You must book an appointment with your family doctor or healthcare professional who sent us the referral to discuss your test results.

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