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What is a CT Scan?

CT (computed tomography) scan combines a series of x-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more – detailed information than plain x-rays do.

A CT scan has many uses, but it’s particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.

The Procedure

Depending on which part of your body is being scanned, you may be asked to:

  • Take off some or all of your clothing and wear a hospital gown.
  • Remove metal objects, such as belt, jewelry, dentures and eyeglasses which might interfere with image results.
  • Refrain from eating or drinking for a few hours before your scan.

Depending on the type of the study being done, contrast medium may be administered intravenously or orally. Some patients find the taste of the contrast medium slightly unpleasant but tolerable. The intravenous injection will produce a warm flush sensation and on occasion may cause nausea, both of which will subside subsequently.


Sri Kota Specialist Medical Centre is a private hospital dedicated to providing quality healthcare services at affordable rates. Getting a CT scan is now easier with us. Our dedicated team of radiographers and Consultant Radiologists are experienced in making sure that the entire procedure is safe, fast and efficient. Contact our Radiology Department if you wish to know more about our CT scan services.