Computed Tomography (CT scanning) is a method of examining inside the body using X-rays, which create cross-sectional 2D or 3D images on a computer.
It is possible to perform CT scans on any part of the body. They can show several kinds of body tissue (lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels) with great clarity.
During the scan, your child will usually lie on their back while an X-ray tube rotates around their body, giving off an X-ray beam. CT scans are painless and take 10-30 minutes. They are usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means your child may go home on the same day. There is a small amount of radiation involved in the procedure but the benefits outweigh any risks.
The Portland CT service has the capability and back-up to do all contrast and unenhanced studies on children with the option of CT under General Anaesthetic for children who may find it difficult to remain still for the duration of the scan. A specialist Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist is available for these cases.
The CT scanner is set in a child friendly setting and alll staff are specifically trained to meet the needs of children of all ages.