What is a CT scan?
CT stands for computerised tomography. A CT scan uses x-rays to take detailed pictures of the inside of your body. It helps us find the cause of your problem and the best treatment options for you. A standard x-ray does not give the same level of detail as a CT scan.
The CT scanner looks like a big polo mint. You’ll be asked to lie on a bed which will move slowly through the machine. You’ll be asked to lie very still to make sure the images are not blurred.
What do I need to do to prepare?
We carry out a range of CT scans and will let you know, via your appointment letter, about any preparation you need to take ahead of your scan. You may be advised to avoid eating anything for several hours before your appointment to help make sure clear images are taken. Try to avoid wearing jewellery and clothes containing metal (such as zips), as these will need to be removed.
Please let us know if you feel anxious or claustrophobic about having the scan. We can give you advice to help you feel calm and may be able to offer a sedative.
How long does it take?
The scan will usually take around 10 to 20 minutes.
Does it hurt?
No, the scan is painless and you’ll be able to hear and speak to the Radiographer at all times during the scan.
If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, please ring us for advice prior to your appointment.
Are there any risks?
CT scans use radiation, however the dose used is very small. The benefits of the scan are thought to outweigh any risks.
Sometimes we need to give you an injection of contrast dye before the scan, to help us see your internal organs better. This contains iodine, which some people are allergic to. Before your scan we will check whether you have had any previous allergies.
Where do I go for my scan?
At Scunthorpe our CT suite is on the Cfloor of the hospital.
At Grimsby we are on the ground floor. Follow the signs for the Coastal Suite.
A mobile CT unit visits Goole hospital.
How do I get the results
What about the results? After the CT scan, the Consultant Radiologist will study your scan images and send a report to your doctor who referred you for the scan.
We’ve invested heavily in our diagnostic facilities and have brand new, state-of-the art scanners. Our £1.6m coastal suite at Grimsby is a purpose-built facility specifically designed to put patients at their ease, with specialist lighting and additional measures put in place to ensure their privacy and dignity whilst undergoing treatment. At Scunthorpe we have two scanners, one for routine appointments and a new £1.9 million suite dedicated for emergency patients and referrals from the wards.