A CT scan of your chest gives a lot more information than a chest X-ray. When you have a CT scan of your chest, you may require an injection of a dye called contrast to enhance the pictures. This injection can give you a warm feeling for a few seconds, which quickly passes. It’s important for me to know if you have any allergy to contrast/dye used for CT scans.
CT scanning takes a bit longer than a chest X-ray but it’s still very quick. CT scanners have more room and are not tunnel scanners like MRI, so they don’t tend to cause claustrophobia.
Once you’ve had your CT scan, the pictures will be analysed and reported by a Consultant Radiologist who will send a report directly to me. I will then look at the pictures and take you through them. All the hospitals that I work in have a CT scanning department.