Our Spectral CT scanner is a world-class Philips iQon CT that will ensure your first exam is the right exam. Conventional CT scans often produce ambiguous or inaccurate data that can require additional testing. For the best patient experience and to ensure you get the right diagnosis in the first scan insist on Spectral CT technology.
What is a
Spectral CT is a way to visualize tissue composition with CT. The scanner is able to determine the atomic number of the tissues in the body and if patient has received contrast, spectral CT can determine the amount of iodine in the tissues, and virtually subtract the iodine. The energy of the reconstructed image can be altered on a a sliding scale enabling the radiologist to get deeper insights on your body than ever before.
A special dye called contrast material is needed for some CT scans to help highlight the areas of your body being examined. The contrast material blocks X-rays and appears white on images, which can help emphasize blood vessels, intestines or other structures.
Contrast material might be given to you:
By mouth. If your esophagus or stomach is being scanned, you may need to swallow a liquid that contains contrast material. By injection. Contrast agents can be injected through a vein in your arm to help your gallbladder, urinary tract, liver or blood vessels stand out on the images. You may experience a feeling of warmth during the injection or a metallic taste in your mouth.
By enema. A contrast material may be inserted in your rectum to help visualize your intestines. This procedure can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.
If you are feeling fit and well you will be allowed to go home immediately. Sometimes we might ask you to stay with us for 30mins to ensure you are ok, especially after having a contrast injection, however this is rare.
Our specialist doctors will receive the images generated by the scanner along with any relevant history and will interpret the results. A report will be created and sent to your GP or Specialist who will then discuss the results for you and any follow up treatment should you require any.