CT (Computerised Tomography) scanning
What is it?
CT scan (or CAT scan) stands for Computerised (Axial) Tomography scan. This means a scan that takes a series of X-rays and uses a computer to put them together. The scan is is painless. The CT machine takes pictures of your body from different angles and gives a series of cross sections or 'slices' through the part of the body being scanned. A very detailed picture of the inside of the body can be built up in this way.
Together these cross sections give a very accurate picture of where a tumour is and how big it is. They also show how close major body organs are to the area that needs to be treated or operated on.
A CT scanning machine is large and shaped rather like a doughnut. There is a couch that you lie on. The couch can slide backwards and forwards through the hole of the doughnut. The pictures are taken as you move through the machine.
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Services are based at Brighton and Haywards Heath.
The department is open for routine cases from 9.00am to 6.00pm and 24 hours a day for emergencies.
Brighton – 01273 696955 extn. 4926/4928
Haywards Heath – 01444 441 881 extn. 5752
The Senior Radiographer/Modality Manager for CT is Helen Martin 01273 696955 extn. 7535.
The Senior/Lead Radiologist for CT is Dr Guy Burkill 01273 696955 extn. 7542.