MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging - CT - Computed Tomography - Xray - Ultrasound - Digital X-rays

Your appointment

Please hand in your consent form and questionnaire when you arrive at reception. You will be asked to complete an additional consent form for the Intra Venous Contrast Injection.

You will then be escorted to the CT Scanning Suite where you will be asked to change into a gown and will be brought through to the scan room by the Radiographer

The radiographer will discuss the paperwork you've filled in and explain the procedure in detail.  This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have of the procedure. 

We then ask you to lie down while we attach ECG lead to your chest - it may take a few minutes for the scanner to synchronise with your heart beat. An IV line will be attached to your arm ready for the contranst injection later in the procedure and we will practice breathing exercises during this time.

We will do some planning scans and a scan of your Coronary Arteries without the contrast to assess any Calcium that may be present.

We will then give you a puff of GTN (Nitrolingual spray) under the tongue to relax the coronary arteries and perform a test injection of a small amount of the contrast to time how long it takes to reach your Coronary Arteries. This will also allow you to experience the Contrast Sensations prior to the main scan. You will feel a warm sensation and a metallic smell or taste as the contrast flows throughout your body, which is normal. The scan will then be performed which takes about 20 to 30 seconds and we will ask you to hold your breath during the scan.

At any time we may find that the heart rate is not in the range we would ideally like and we may give you a beta blocker (small tablets) to settle your heart rate. We then wait approximately an hour for the heart rate to settle, before checking that your blood pressure is in a good range to continue with the scan.