Having a CT scan

A CT (computed tomography) scan is an x-ray test that lets us look at your body more accurately than is possible using normal x-rays, by producing a cross-section or slice of the body.

CT is used for scanning most parts of the body, including the brain, chest, abdomen, pelvis and sometimes the bones and joints.

The scanner itself looks rather like a huge ‘ring doughnut’ with a table moving through it. During the scan, the table moves backwards and forwards to allow the scanner to take picture of the body.

We have installed two Siemens flash CT scanners; they produce the best image quality at the lowest achievable radiation dose. These new scanners also enable radiology to undertake new imaging capabilities, for example, within stroke and cardiac specialities and enable faster scanning for the more vulnerable patient in our care.