CT stands for Computerised Tomography and is a diagnostic technique in which the combined use of a computer and x-rays passed through the body at different angles produces cross-sectional images of tissues.
Departments on both sites incorporate modern CT equipment. At Calderdale we have a GE Optima 660 and at the Huddersfield site we have a Toshiba Aquilon and a GE Optima 660. We also currently have the support of a mobile CT unit at the Calderdale site.
All scanners undertake a heavy workload with In-patient examinations being undertaken all day every day and Outpatient examinations being carried out Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.00pm, with some evening sessions.
Each scanner is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week for emergencies.
Experienced CT radiographers run the scanners, most of whom have undertaken additional qualifications in CT (computerised tomography). The team also includes radiographic assistants.
Depending on the area being imaged, patients may require an injection of an iodine-based agent (known as contrast) as images are acquired, which highlights the blood vessels, rendering images clearer to the interpreting radiologist. The patients can be cannulated by either the CT radiographer or radiographic assistants.
Some patients undergoing scans of the bowel may need to drink a volume of contrast agent prior to their examination. This may be an aniseed-flavoured radio-opaque substance.
Completed examinations are then reviewed by a consultant radiologist who issues a report to the referring clinician.
Any body area can be scanned using CT although the most common examinations are:
- Head e.g., for trauma or cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
- Abdomen and pelvis
- Orthopaedic examinations
- Interventional procedures e.g., biopsies or drainages
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary –Your appointment letter will direct you to the appropriate scanner:
- Main radiology department on the lower ground floor.
- South Drive CT department is located on the basement floor.
Lift and stairs are available. Parking is available in the pay and display car parks.
Calderdale Royal Hospital - CT is situated within the main x-ray department on the first floor. Lift and stairs are available. Parking in the main car parks at front or rear of the hospital. These are pay and display.
If you have any questions or queries in relation to your CT appointment, please contact the CT appointment team on 01484 356900. If they are unable to assist, they can refer you to the CT Service Lead, Lucy Thomson.