How to prepare for your scan

Fast from food for 2 hours before your scan (4 hours for abdominal CTs) though you can drink simple fluids – it is best if you remain well hydrated.

There is no need to avoid coffee or other stimulants for cardiac/coronary CT as our machine is designed to achieve accurate results consistently without such restrictions (please note, this may not be the case if you choose to have your scan at other practices).

Wear comfortable clothing.

What to bring

Please bring your referral (the request form from your doctor) and endeavour to make a note of where you have had any prior relevant scans.

With your permission, we can then retrieve the images and reports from other sites when needed for comparison.

You are welcome to bring a support person though please be aware we are a boutique clinic with a relatively small waiting room.

Arrival at the clinic

Please arrive 15 minutes early unless otherwise directed by one of our clerks.

There is free parking at street level for at least 1 hour on and about Hampden Road – this will be long enough for your appointment.

We understand that some patients are anxious about having tests performed. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to inform our staff.

You will be asked to fill in a consent form and we will enquire about any relevant medical history.

Please tell us:

Please tell us if you are or may be pregnant.

If you are taking Metformin (also known as Diabex, Diaformin or Glucophage), a medication usually prescribed for diabetes – if so, you may be required to stop taking the Metformin on the day of your CT scan and for the following 24 hours.

All other medication should be continued as per your normal routine.

If you have newly diagnosed or untreated thyroid disease.

If you have a known allergy to intravenous contrast (CT dye) as this is used for some scans such as coronary CT.