Paediatric Gallery : CT Scan
00 - CT Scanner
The CT scan is similar to an Xray. Both take pictures (images) of the inside of your body. But, CT can take a much closer look. Your job is to lay perfectly STILL "like a statue", then the pictures will be very clear. This will take about 5-10 minutes
01 - Preparation
This young patient is waiting in the Paediatric Outpatient Department until it is time for her CT Scan.
Her doctor wants her to have a CT Scan (computerized axial tomography) to help understand her medical problem.
Let’s follow her through this procedure. It will help you get ready for your CT Scan.
02 - Taking the Elevator to Diagnostic Imaging
When it is time for your CT Scan, you will take the elevator to the Diagnostic Imaging Department
03 - CT Scan Reception
The receptionist will greet you at the CT Department.
04 - Intravenous
Sometimes a contrast material (fluid) may be needed to provide clearer pictures (images) during your CT Scan.
The outpatient nurse will get you ready to receive this fluid by placing a small tube into your vein.
This is called an intravenous (I.V.) and provides the quickest way for fluids to enter your body.
For more information about an I.V., ask your nurse or Child Life Specialist and they will help you understand and prepare.
05 - Stretcher to the CT Scan
Some children may require medicine (sedation) to help them remain still during their C.T.
A bed with wheels is used to bring this girl to the C.T. department, she will remain asleep.
06 - Closer Look at the CT Scanner
The CT Scanner is a big round machine that has an opening in the middle.
Does it look like a big donut or a big tunnel to you?
It works like a big camera, but takes clear pictures of the inside of your body.
07 - Laying on the CT Bed
Next you will lie on a firm bed.
This bed will move slowly into the opening of the C.T. and will stop when you are in the correct position for your pictures.
08 - Securing You In Place
Before you enter the CT Scanner, a technologist will position you correctly and make sure you are securely in place.
This positioning will help to provide the best pictures and hold you in a comfortable position.
09 - Entering the CT Scanner
Once you are ready, you will enter the CT Scanner’s opening on the moveable bed.
Some children have said this feels like entering a tunnel.
A parent/caregiver can stay in the room.
Remember to stay perfectly STILL, “like a statue”.
You can move again as soon as all the pictures (images) are completed.
010 - Taking Your Pictures
A technologist will work quickly to take the pictures (images) that your doctor needs.
They will use a special computer that is located in a separate room.
011 - Checking on You
The technologist will make sure you are comfortable during you CT scan.
012 - Removing The Belts
Once all the pictures (images) are completed, the technologist will move you out of the CT Scanner and help to remove the belts that have been holding you securely.
014 - Back in the Paediatric Outpatient Unit
If you have been given sedation, you will need to return to the Paediatric Outpatient Department, so the nurse can watch over you until you are feeling more awake and ready to go home.
013 - Your CT Scan is Over
Well done, the CT Scan is now complete, and you will be on your way home shortly.