The CT scan, or Computed Tomography scan, is an advanced diagnostic test that uses x-rays, a special scanner and complex computers to produce detailed cross-sectional “slice” images of a of your body. Each image provides detailed views of anatomy at the specific location or slice, including bones, soft tissues, brain, organs and blood vessels to result in a more accurate diagnosis.
Chevron Clinical Laboratory (Pte.) Ltd. offers state-of-the-art CT Scanners which are comfortable for the patient, and software development enables leading-edge imaging techniques to be performed. This enables our physicians to diagnose with exceptional confidence a speedy and accurate test result.
Siemens 128 Slice Cardiac CT Scan & Syngo Via
The department is equipped with SIEMENS Somatom definition AS+, 128 slice Cardiac CT & Syngo Via. It is a single source applying lowest radiation dose possible with faster rotation time. The scanner is capable of adapting to virtually every patient and every clinical question. Fueled by the FAST CARE platform, the SOMATOM Definition AS+ is designed to help maximize clinical outcome and raise patient-centric productivity.
The high end CT covers the whole body in seconds. Because of increased speed and resolution the CT produces excellent images of coronary arteries. In addition high resolution studies of Cerebral, Carotid & Vertebral, Pulmonary Artery, Aorta, Renal, Upper Limb, Lower Limb, Abdominal Arteries, Portal Venography, Urogram and CT Enteroclysis are demonstrated as part of the protocol. The latest upgraded software Syngo Via gives excellent reconstruction like Multiplanar Reconstruction, MPI and VRT with our equipment.
Other studies like CT Brian, Orbit, PNS, Neck, Thorax, Abdomen, Spine, Extremities, High Resolution CT of Lung, Temporal bone & joints are routinely done.
The CT scan are also used for procedures like guided fine needle aspiration cytology and biopsies from masses in Thorax, Abdomen, Spine and extremities. CT guided aspiration and drainage tube placement for abscess is done as well.
Siemens 16 Slice Spiral CT Scan
The department is equipped with SIEMENS Emotion 16 slice CT Scan. In addition to high resolution studies like CT Brain, Orbit, PNS, Neck, Thorax, Abdomen, Spine, Extremities; High Resolution CT of Lungs, Temporal bone & joints are routinely done.
The CT Scan are also used for procedures like guided fine needle aspiration cytology and biopsies from masses in Thorax, Abdomen, Spine and extremities. CT guided aspiration and drainage tube placement for abscess is done as well.
Types of CT Scans
Different types of CT scans are offered at specific imaging center locations, some include:
- Abdominal CT
- Body CT
- CT Angiography (CTA)– a non–invasive computerized tomography exam using X–rays to detect coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease.
- CT Biopsy (with and without CT Fluoroscopy)
- Extremity CT
- Head CT
- CardiacCT (Calcium Scoring)
- Lung CT – cancer screening(does not require a physician referral)
- Pediatric CT
- Needle Biopsy
- Spine CT
- Urogram CT
- Virtual Colonoscopy (VC)
CT Scans Can Help Diagnose
- Tumors in internal organs, particularly brain tumors
- Brain hemorrhage
- Effects of head injury
- Infection of the brain, such as encephalitis
- Lung cancer
Conditions Diagnosed by CT Scan
- Bone Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Head & Neck Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Nodules
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Certain types of CT scans require the use of a contrast media. This is to enhance the blood vessels or certain body parts for the accuracy of your imaging test. Contrast media may be given orally and/or intravenously, and may cause you to feel warm, or experience a metallic taste in your mouth. Tell your technologist immediately if you begin to itch, feel short of breath or experience discomfort.
If a contrast agent is used, it is recommended you not eat or drink anything for four-six hours prior to the exam.
Preparing for your CT scan
Your physician will provide you with specific instructions depending on the part of your body being scanned. Some examinations require a special diet or medication before the exam.
- Tell your doctor and the technologist if you are pregnant, think you might be or are breastfeeding
- Tell your doctor and the technologist if you are allergic to, or have ever had any reaction to iodine, contrast media or shellfish
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, but you may be asked to change into a hospital gown You may be asked to remove hairpins, earrings and other objects that may interfere with the CT scan