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16 Slice CT

What is 16 Slice CT?

Molecular offers latest state-of-the-art diagnosis, by using 16 Slice CT, one of the best in the city. All conventional CT scans, including triple phase CTs and angiographies are possible. With a team of highly experienced radiologists, doing speciality reads, we aim to provide high quality CT services in the region.

How is it done?

  • When you come for your CT Scan you are requested to bring your doctor’s prescription and any previous scans (CT, MRI, USG, X-ray, PET-CT). This will help our radiologist plan and generate an appropriate report for the patient
  • Patients should carry blood urea & creatinine blood test reports if they are likely to undergo contrast scans (lab results taken within 30 days are acceptable). Alternatively Molecular lab can deliver the results in 4 hours.
  • Fasting may be required prior to your scan. Depending on the type of scan you may be required to fast for 4 hours before the scan or overnight
  • Diabetic patients should consult a doctor prior to their fasting. Insulin-dependent patients should consult the specialists regarding the insulin dose prior to the scan
  • Some scans require you to report up to 2 hours prior to the scan time. Please check the reporting time when you book your appointment
  • How you prepare for a CT Scan depends on which part of your body is being scanned. You may be asked to take off some or all of your clothing and wear a hospital gown and remove any metal objects, such as a belt or jewellery, which might interfere with image results
  • Usually, a CT scans takes between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the exam ordered by your physician. In some cases, you may be required to take an oral contrast agent or have contrast/dye administered by vein or via injection to view your blood vessels closely. (If required our CT coordinator will explain this procedure to you)
  • In the CT room, the technologist will assist you onto the examination table. Once you are comfortable, the table will slide into the CT scanner. During the exam, the technologist will have you in full view and will be able to answer any questions you might have. Periodically, you will be asked to hold your breath for short periods of time, this will help generate clearer images.

    • CT images are stored as electronic data files and usually reviewed on a computer screen. A radiologist interprets these images to prepare the results and sends a report to your doctor in a form of a film or a CD (can be taken with the reports at the time of report collection).
    • You can expect your results within 24 hours of your examination. As soon as your reports are ready an SMS will be sent on the mobile number registered with Molecular. You can collect your reports from the Molecular’s report collecting desk. Also, you have an option to receive your reports online (contact the present medical staff to get yourself registered with us).

    What are the benefits and risks of 16 Slice CT?

    Molecular’s 16 multi‐slice ‘definition flash’ CT scanner is the advanced scanner of its kind in the city. It offers considerable advantages to our patients including:

    • Reduced scan time by scanning at flash speed and allowing for image capturing without worrying about holding breath or movement or heart rate
    • High-contrast resolution allowing doctors to easily identify differences between tissues that differ in physical density

    The benefits of having a CT scan to help diagnose a medical condition, or to check the symptoms of an existing condition, usually outweigh the risks, however, some of the potential risks are:

    • Exposure to radiation
      During a CT scan, you’re briefly exposed to more radiation than you would be during a plain X-ray. However, Molecular’s 16 multi‐slice scanner techniques expose you to the least possible radiations.
    • Harm to unborn babies (pregnant ladies)

      Make sure you inform your doctor if you’re pregnant so that he is able to recommend a different examination such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to avoid the risk of exposing your fetus to the radiation.

    • Reactions to contrast material
      In certain cases, your doctor may recommend a special dye called a contrast material inserted through a vein in your arm before your CT scan. Although rare, the contrast material can cause medical problems or allergic reactions. Most reactions are mild and result in a rash or itchiness. If you experience any non-subsiding allergic reaction inform your doctor immediately.