Computed Tomography (also referred to as a CT scan or CAT scan) produces images of your internal organs and structures, which help to diagnose and monitor pain or disease and guide treatment.

While these commonly include scans of the brain, chest, abdomen, pelvis and spine, CT scans can be used to image all parts of the body.

CT scans produce images of your internal organs and structures to assist in the diagnosis of discomfort or disease. Our low-dose CT machines are shaped like a large ring or doughnut and produce high-quality pictures very quickly. These images can be reconstructed in many ways to give the doctor different viewpoints. The procedure is quite fast, and nothing will touch you during the examination.

When you arrive for your appointment you may be asked to change into a gown. You will be asked to lie on the CT table which is then moved into the center of the machine. Only the part of you that is being imaged will need to go into the machine. When you are in the CT, the CT operator will be in the next room behind a glass window. The CT operator will be able to see you and communicate with you at all times, so please ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have.

You may hear the machine as the cameras and detectors inside the ring rotate around your body to take pictures. Our state-of-the-art low-dose CT scanners are fast and can produce extremely high quality images quickly. You will be asked to stay still and hold your breath for a few seconds during the scan.

The CAT scan scan will take 5-15 minutes in most cases and in some cases, you will be given an injection of a dye (contrast). Scans with contrast help enhance the areas of your body being imaged, which assists our specialised radiologists in detecting any potential abnormalities.

Radiographer preparing a patient for a CT scan at Imaging Associates.

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Our CT scan services are available at our Melbourne, Gippsland and Wagga Wagga locations.

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Patient having a CT scan in wide boar scanner.

What you need to know

You will be advised of any specific instructions at the time you make your appointment or by your referring doctor depending on the scan. For example, this may include strict preparation instructions the day prior to, and the day of, the CT scan.

What we need to know

Please advise us if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.

Patient having a CT scan with contrast at Imaging Associates.

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