Computerised tomography (CT) allows us to look at any part of your body in cross section (slices). Using x-rays with detectors and a powerful computer, we can build a detailed 2D and 3D image of a specific area of your body.
We offer a range of CT examinations, including:
- CT angiography
- Cardiac CT
- CT colonoscopy
- Virtual bronchoscopy
- Invasive and interventional procedures
- High Resolution CT Chest (HRCT).
How to access this service
To access this service, your GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to the hospital.
If there is a waiting list, you will receive a confirmation letter and be advised on what to do next. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your appointment.
How to prepare for your test
We will give you instructions on how to prepare for your scan. Please tell us if you are, or suspect you might be, pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Preparation requirements will depend upon the type of scan to be performed. Some preparations need to start 24 hours before the procedure.
It is important to check any CT preparation forms as soon as you receive them. Your scan can be delayed if you don’t complete all necessary preparation steps.
What to bring
- Your Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if you have one)
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
- Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
- Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
- Something to read or do while you wait
Frequently asked questions
It can take between 10 minutes and 2 hours depending on what part of the body is being scanned.
- You will be asked to lie still on a table. The radiographer will not be in the room during the scan, but they will be able to see you and communicate with you at all times.
- During the scan, you will hear a whirring or humming noise (like a noisy washing machine) and you will feel the table move through the CT scanner. You should remain as still as possible, as the slightest movement can blur the pictures.
- For some scans, you will be asked to hold your breath for a short period.
You will sometimes be given contrast as part of your CT scan.
- Contrast allows your organs to be seen more clearly on x-rays.
- Contrast can be given as a drink (oral contrast) and/or as an injection (Iodinated contrast).
- A fine needle (IV cannula) will be put into a vein in your arm, making it possible to inject intravenous contrast.
- For more information on iodinated contrast and the risks involved in its use, please read the Iodinated Contrast Patient Information Sheet.
You can eat and drink normally after your CT scan is finished.
Your CT scan results will be sent to your doctor.
The amount of radiation you will receive will be dependent upon the specific examination your doctor has requested for you. If you have any concerns regarding this examination, you should discuss it further with your doctor as the benefits should outweigh the risks to you.
Location: Ground floor, Main Building, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 6664 (appointments)
Fax: (07) 3139 4253 or
(07) 3139 4807
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-5.00pm
Emergency Imaging Department
Location: Emergency Department, Ground floor, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 6431
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Need help outside hours?
For out of hours support call TPCH on (07) 3139 4000.
For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.
Refer a patient
To refer a patient to this service, view the medical imaging request form for The Prince Charles Hospital, or call the Medical Imaging department on (07) 3139 6664 or fax (07) 3139 4253.