Expert clinical care and advanced CT scanning technology for your prompt diagnosis and treatment.
What is a CT Scan?
Computed Tomography scanning (commonly described as a CT scan or CAT scan) is a valuable diagnostic procedure that uses a series of x-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues.
Types of CT scan
Centric Health offers the following CT scan services:
Cardiac CT Angiography
Cardiac CT Angiography (C) can detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. A C is commonly used to determine whether chest pain symptoms may be caused by a coronary blockage.
Digestive Tract CT Scan
A colonography is used to screen for polyps or cancer in the large intestine. Colonography screening is intended to find these growths in the early stages, before cancer has developed. A CT enterography is used to evaluate the small bowel to detect inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s Disease.
A CT DentaScan creates a comprehensive set of cross-referenced composite axial, panorex, and oblique planar reformations of the jaw bones. In addition to being used in the planning of jaw or dental surgery, a CT DentaScan also accurately measures bone loss/gain over time, provides normative data to track osteoporosis risks, and allows for patient monitoring to assess the appropriate response for therapy. The scan takes approximately 20 minutes, producing a report for your doctor to use in making a diagnosis. Specific details of your upcoming examination will be explained fully by your patient care coordinator or CT technologist.
Head & Brain CT Scan
Diagnose brain injuries, tumors, aneurysms, or bleeding inside the head.
Bone CT Scan & Spine CT Scan
Measure bone density to detect osteoporosis, as well as other bone and joint issues. A spine scan can be used to diagnose spine pain and detect tumors.
Chest & Abdomen CT Scan
Check for tumors or abnormalities of many organs in the body, including the liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, bowel and adrenal glands.
Pelvic Organs CT Scan
Evaluate the reproductive organs, including the prostate, testicles, uterus, cervix, and ovaries.
Sinus CT Scan
Detect inflammatory diseases, such as chronic sinusitis.
Why have a CT Scan?
A CT scan can be used to detect internal injuries and bleeding, tumors, and muscle and bone disorders. At Centric Health, we perform CT scans in our modern facilities to identify and diagnose a wide range of conditions.
Preparing for a CT scan
Before we schedule the screening, please advise your patient care coordinator if you:
- Are pregnant– women who are pregnant should not have a CT scan
- Have a heart condition– patients with heart grafts or atrial fibrillation should not have a CT scan
- Have a contrast material allergy– although rare, the contrast material used in CT scans can cause an allergic reaction.
What to expect with a CT Scan
During your appointment, one of our expert technologists will escort you into the CT scanning room and have you lie on the padded table. You will be asked to stay very still and briefly hold your breath in order to minimize body movement and produce a clearer image. You may feel the table move while images are being taken at certain locations in your body. Your technologist will monitor you during the entire exam and can communicate with you through an intercom.
Depending on the specific exam, a contrast solution may be administered through an IV to improve the screening accuracy. It’s important that you inform your doctor beforehand if you have any allergies, or if you have previously had an allergic reaction to a contrast solution. One of our CT technologists or your patient care coordinator will fully explain any other details you need to know about your upcoming examination.
After your CT Scan
Our radiologists will carefully analyze your CT images and provide a report to your physician. Once he or she has received the report, your physician can discuss the results with you. Your technologist will also give you a CD or USB containing the CT scan images when you leave our clinic.
CT scan benefits
Our clinic uses the Lightspeed Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) 64-Slice System. The system produces images with unprecedented detail in a very short time, and with a much lower radiation dosage than other CT systems.
- Advanced diagnostic technology
- Unprecedented image detail
- Lower radiation than traditional CT systems
- On-site physician and nursing staff administer contrast solution
- Prompt, personalized testing
- Clean, comfortable, professional facilities & expert team
CT Scan FAQs
Is a CT Scan safe?
CT Scans are a safe and effective diagnostic procedure. Millions of CT exams are performed across Canada every year without complications. Additionally, the GE Lightspeed VCT system has been designed with dose reduction features that significantly minimize your exposure to radiation. CT diagnostic imaging is supported by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT), which provides continuing education, certification, and a registry of radiologic technologists. Our healthcare professionals are trained and experienced in safely operating the CT scanner to obtain the best images to assist in an accurate diagnosis.
Get a CT scan with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for CT scans. In addition to our world-class technology, our physicians, technologists and radiologists have years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centered philosophy will ensure you have a positive experience at every turn. Let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness in a professional, clinical setting.
Next steps: Book your CT Scan
If you’re ready to explore your diagnostic needs with our board-certified radiologists, experienced CT technologists and patient care coordinators, request an appointment today.