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Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan

  • What is Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan?

    A Computerised Tomography or CT Scan is an examination that uses digital imaging system and X-Rays to obtain cross-sectional images of the body. This examination can provide clear images of various body structures including bone, blood vessels and soft tissues, all at once. The resulting images provide thorough information and assist your doctor in diagnosing your condition.

    It is a relatively simple and non-invasive test. You will be asked to lie very still on your back on a table that moves in and out of a tiltable tunnel that contains the X-ray scanner. There are preparations required before you attend your CT scan appointment. You need to fast for about four hours prior to your scheduled CT scan if an intravenous contrast (medication used to highlight blood vessels and tissues) needs to be injected. You also need to inform staff of any allergies you may have or medications you are taking.

  • Your doctor might recommend a CT Scan to provide detailed views of many types of tissue, including the lungs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. If you suffered a stroke, a CT Scan can determine the location of the blockage or bleeding in the brain that has caused the stroke. It also allows your doctor to identity both normal and abnormal structures in a painless, non-invasive and accurate manner.

    A CT Scan aids in planning and preparation of particular surgeries including awake craniotomy (brain surgery to remove brain lesions) and deep brain stimulation surgery. It is also useful in the planning and guiding of radiotherapy (cancer treatment), needle biopsies and other minimally invasive operations.

  • Your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment is our strength. Our skilled team of specialists and staff operate at Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena – both award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and modern facilities. Take your first step towards better health today, and experience the high-quality, customised healthcare that has made us one of the leading medical institutions in Asia-Pacific.

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