CT is a non-invasive medical imaging procedure that uses X-Ray and digital computer technology to take a picture of the body. The CT scan is unique in that it can deliver an image of every type of body structure including soft tissue, bones and blood vessels.

CT scanning is used to detect a range of disorders and can be used to scan most body parts. In particular, it may be used to diagnose subtle fractures, tumours, tiny kidney stones or strokes. CT is also used to look at the lungs, major body organs and bowel.

The CT scanner installed at Port Macquarie X-Ray is a low dose CT scanner, which uses the latest technology to minimise the amount of radiation needed to perform the scan.
If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, advise a staff member prior to your exam.
It is Port Maquarie X-Ray's policy not to subject patients who may be pregnant to radiation.


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Frequently Asked Questions and Concerns

What is a CT Scan?

CT stands for Computed Tomography and is sometimes called a CAT scan. It is a unique type of X-Ray because it makes an image of everything in your body from bones, blood vessels and soft tissue.
CT scans can create a 3-D picture to make diagnosis and treatment more specific and simpler.

How long will the exam take?

The scan only takes a few minutes but allow for 15-30 minutes to change and ask any questions you may have.

Can I have a CT Scan if I might be pregnant?

If you think you might be pregnant you MUST inform our staff before your examination. Our machines use low dose radiation, however it is Port Macquarie X-ray’s policy not to radiate pregnant patients unless medically necessary. This decision will be made by your referring doctor and our radiologist.

What do I need to do to prepare for my CT Scan?

Some scans require you to fast prior to your appointment. When you phone to arrange your appointment one of our friendly staff members will advise you of the preparation and requirements.

What should I wear?

If you wear loose fitting clothing with minimal or no metal, you might not need change into a gown for your scan.

What can I expect during my CT Scan?

Upon arrival, we will ask you to fill out a questionnaire in preparation for your scan. You may be asked to change into a gown. You may also need an injection of contrast medium which is a dye. The contrast dye allows the images to be interpreted more accurately.

Our helpful staff will help you lie down onto the scanning table. We will ask you to hold still for a few seconds whilst the scan is taking the images.

Is the procedure painful?

A CT scan is non-invasive and painless. However, depending on your scan, you may require a small injection of contrast dye.

Are there any risks or side effects from the CT scan?

There is a small risk of an allergic reaction following injection of contrast. We will fully discuss this with you prior to your scan.
Our highly skilled staff and our cutting-edge equipment will ensure that you receive the lowest radiation dose possible. The risk of harm from a diagnostic X-Ray in an adult is very small.
If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, advise a staff member prior to your exam.

Please call us on 02 5525 3000 to book an appointment, ask any questions or to speak to one of our friendly front desk staff.

Alternatively, you may request a callback, and one of our staff can call you in the short while.

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In case of an emergency, please contact the Accident & Emergency department at Port Macquarie Base Hospital on 02 5524 2000 or call 000