Computed tomography

(CT Scan)

Computed tomography uses X-rays. It allows us to study various parts of the human body in axial sections. Using the extensive capabilities of a computer, it is possible to obtain images in alternate planes and in 3D.

The most common areas examined are the brain, chest and lungs, abdomen, pelvis or a portion of a limb (e.g. shoulder).

Some spinal procedures can also be performed under CT guidance such as foraminal and epidural blocks.
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Specifications

* Please note that CT scans are not covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), however, most group insurance plans will reimburse the cost.

Preparation

Preparations vary depending on the type of examination and the clinical information provided by your physician. When you book your appointment, we will tell you specifically how to prepare.

You do not need to be fasting.

Contraindication

Pregnancy is a relative contraindication. In this case, another imaging method can be proposed, such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance.

Please be sure to notify us if you are pregnant.

Also,please let us know if you are allergic to iodine, or if you suffer from kidney disease.

What to expect

After the initial greeting, you will be directed to our CT waiting room where you will be asked to put on a gown. A questionnaire will be given to you. For the examination, you will lie on a large table that slides you through a short cylinder from which X-rays are emitted. If deemed necessary by the radiologist, your examination will be done with intravenous injection of iodinated contrast solution. At that time, we will give you a medical history questionnaire.

The information obtained is converted into radiological images which are then interpreted by the radiologist

Here is the list of exams we offer

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Our radiologists have specialized training. They are leaders in their field in Quebec and are committed to providing the highest level of expertise to their patients.

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