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What is a CT scan?

A CT scan is carried out by using a special X-ray machine, which produces an image of a cross-section, or slice, of the body. The CT scanner consists of a ‘doughnut-shaped’ structure, or gantry, about two feet thick with a hole in its centre, through which you pass while lying on a couch.

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We can organise a scan for you as long as your Doctor thinks it’s necessary. Please ask your doctor for a referral letter before booking your scan. Unfortunately we cannot process your booking request without a referral from your doctor.

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Price List

Scans Scan Type RRP per scan Medical Card rate
CT Non Contrast, 1 Part €260 €240
CT Contrast, 1 Part €320 €300

Frequently asked questions

CT scanning involves the use of X-rays. CT uses a higher dose of X-rays and thus referring doctors are very careful to consider whether the benefits of the scan outweigh the risks. If you think you might be pregnant, please inform us before your appointment.

Many CT examinations involve you having a special dye injected into a vein to increase the quality of information obtained from the scan. The injection usually causes nothing more than a warm feeling passing around your body. The radiographer will explain any risks associated with this contrast and answer any questions you may have. If you are breastfeeding, please inform us before your appointment.

You may be given instructions which will relate to the part of the body to be scanned, for example, for some abdominal scans patients are asked not to eat anything for a few hours before the scan. It is very important that you follow this preparation.

You will be taken into the CT room and made comfortable lying on the CT couch. Straps and pillows may be used to help maintain the correct position and keep you still during the examination. The couch will be moved slowly to position the part of your body under investigation within the ‘doughnut’.

The radiographers will go into the control room but you will be able to talk to them via an intercom, and they will be watching you and listening all the time.

You will only hear slight buzzing, clicking and whirring sounds.

During the scan, you may be asked to hold your breath or not swallow. However, if you feel any discomfort or apprehension, please tell the radiographer immediately.

No, the scan is not painful.

Usually the actual scan takes no longer than 15-20 minutes. You may be required to stay in the department longer either before the examination to drink contrast, or after for 30 minutes to ensure that you are feeling well.

The consultant radiologist will read your CT scan. Your doctor will receive the results within 48 hours of your exam being completed.


Our Lady’s Hospital
Co. Meath

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