A CT scan (computed tomography) is a medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays and digital computer technology to create detailed pictures of the body.
The CT scan is a non-invasive, painless and relatively safe procedure that doesn’t require any recovery time.
What to expect?
Our staff will inform you if any preparation is needed for your scan.
For some scans, you will need to fast (no food) for 4 hours, but can continue to drink oral fluids prior to the appointment.
You could also be asked to have a blood test prior to your appointment, if your doctor has requested the scan to be done with contrast.
If you are, or think you may be pregnant, please tell your Doctor and Radiographer as x-rays can be harmful to an unborn baby. An alternate test may be an option.
If you have diabetes and a fast is required, discuss the management of the fast with your doctor.
If you have any questions, ring our department and ask to speak to one of our nursing staff.
What is a CT Interventional procedure?
A CT Interventional Procedure is preformed using imaging machines for guidance and is invasive.
In most instances, a preliminary scan will be performed to locate the exact point to be injected. Our specialist radiologist uses CT scanning to guide a needle into your body for the purposes of taking a tissue biopsy or injecting anaesthetic/anti-inflammatory drugs.
What preparation is required for a CT Interventional procedure?
Take all your medication as normal. If you are on blood thinners, please contact our nursing staff on 5320 4270 to discuss as soon as possible.
For some CT Interventional procedures, you will need a driver on the day, as you will not be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. It is important you rest when you get home and avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 24 hours.
What does a CT scan cost?
All Medicare rebateable services provided by BHS Radiology are bulk-billed and no additional fees charged.
Out-of-pocket fees apply for non-Medicare rebateable services, such as calcium scoring on dental CT referred by a dentist.
Commonly Asked Questions
Do I need to bring my referral?
Yes, we are unable to do your scan without a referral. If you forget to bring your referral, we will have to reschedule your appointment.
I have a referral for another imaging provider, can I have my test at BHS Radiology?
Yes, we accept all referrals/requests.
Where do I find Radiology?
Radiology is located behind the Emergency Department, closest to the Mair Street entrance of Ballarat Health Services.
Is there a drop-off area and what parking is there available?
Yes, there is a drop-off and pick-up zone available within the multi-storey car park
(there is no fee for drivers using the drop-off zone and staying less than 30 minutes).
Do I need to make an appointment for a CT scan?
Yes, bookings are essential for CT Scans.
How long does it take for my results to come through?
Please allow up to 2 working days for non-urgent results to be sent to your referring doctor, we are unable to give your results to you directly.
To access this service you must have a referral from a medical provider and an appointment.
To make a booking, call booking enquiries on (03) 5320 4270 or (03) 5320 4271.
Ballarat Base Hospital
1 Drummond Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350
The Radiology Department can be located behind the Emergency Department, near the purple lifts off the Mair Street entrance to the Base Hospital site.
03 5320 4270
Monday to Friday 7.30 am - 5 pm by appointment only.
Emergency Radiology is available through the Emergency Department outside of these hours.
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