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Clinics & services

X-ray, MRI & ultrasound scans


A computed tomography (CT) scan is a medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays and digital technology to create detailed 2 or 3D images of the body.

What to expect

Different types of scan have different requirements. If you need to do anything to prepare for your scan, we'll let you know in your appointment letter. 

The CT scanner looks like a big doughnut ring. You lie on a couch which slides into the centre of the ring until the part of the body to be scanned is within the ring. The X-ray machine within the ring rotates around your body taking multiple pictures.

The scan is painless. You cannot see or feel x-rays.

If you move during the scan it could make the images blurry. We will ask you to stay as still as possible, to ensure we get the best picture possible.

A CT scan takes about 10 minutes. You could be in the department longer if you need special preparation or if we need to see emergency patients. We will keep you informed of any delays.

The doctor who referred you for the scan will give you your results.

What to bring

When you come to hospital for your appointment, you need to bring:

  • Please bring any paperwork that you have been given about your test or examination
  • Medicare card
  • Health care card/concession card (if applicable)
  • Private health insurance details (if applicable/if you want to use it)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports
  • Medicines you need to take while you are here
  • List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes) including herbal supplements and vitamins
  • Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame (if applicable)
  • Your blood glucose meter and log book (if applicable)
  • WorkCover or TAC details (if applicable)

What to leave at home:

  • Jewellery
  • Anything metal
  • Other valuables

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