CT scans

Radiological diagnostics

CT scans

CT scans Radiology is the umbrella term for diagnostic imaging tests. Imaging diagnostics can be used to image any area or organ of the body in great detail. Most radiological examinations, with the exception of ultrasound diagnostics, are performed using X-rays. Duna Medical Center's radiology department is equipped with state-of-the-art, high-tech equipment. In addition to the quality of the equipment, the expertise and experience of the radiologist and radiology assistants have a decisive influence on the evaluation of the examinations, which is why our patients are welcomed by highly qualified and experienced professionals.

CT scans

CT scans use an X-ray beam to take slice images of specific regions of the body. The series of images are evaluated by a radiologist using various software, and his findings, diagnosis and any further action to be taken are described in a text report. The hundreds - sometimes thousands - of images taken during the examination can be used to diagnose lesions that cannot be detected by other imaging diagnostic methods. When we need a more precise picture of the function of an organ or a lesion in an organ, we may need to use intravenous contrast.

Calcium scoring CT scan of coronary vessels

The calcification of the coronary arteries of the heart is an indicator of atherosclerosis or heart disease, i.e. it can also predict the risk of heart attack. Calcification of the coronary arteries may indicate their stenosis, but note that there are also non-calcific stenoses, which are the responsibility of other tests.

Calcium scoring is performed with a high-resolution CT scanner without contrast in about 15 minutes. This is followed by special software processing and evaluation by a radiologist, who will give you a detailed report. The scan is performed with low radiation exposure.

You can eat before the scan, but do not drink coffee, tea or smoke for 4 hours before. You can take your usual medicines safely. If you have a piercing on your chest, please have it removed before the test.

At the Duna Medical Center, a 128-slice Philips Incisive Pro CT scanner is used to accurately identify abnormal lesions. The equipment has a number of special software features that are not available in one place in our country. This state-of-the-art, top-of-the-range device produces images with extremely high spatial resolution thanks to a minimum slice thickness of 0.625 millimetres. The very fast rotation speed of 0.35 seconds results in images that do not shift. The high-sensitivity NanoPanel Elite detector system ensures the lowest possible radiance. Most of our CT scans are measured in 1-3 breaths.

Thanks to the software of the device, excellent images can be obtained even with embedded metals, such as hip prostheses. Radiologists are aided by built-in artificial intelligence to detect lung and colon tumours. The device is suitable for low-dose CT lung screening. Other special capabilities include accurate size tracking and comparison software for lung lesions, 3-dimensional imaging of the vascular system, and oncology tracking software to measure changes in tumours as a result of treatment.

An important feature of the device is that it can be used to examine patients with a high body weight, up to 205 kilograms.

How is the CT scan performed?

The total time for CT scans, after any preparation, is usually 15-60 minutes. After a contrast agent scan, 20 minutes should be spent in the waiting room to identify and manage any side effects caused by the contrast agent.

CT scan procedure: the scan is performed in the supine position and is painless. For chest and abdomen scans, the arms should be placed above the head so as not to interfere with the imaging. Removable metal objects such as necklaces, earrings and removable dentures should be removed as they also interfere with the imaging. Avoid eating for 6 hours before the scan, but drink plenty of water. Regular medication should be taken with water before the examination.

Do not move around during the scan. A series of measurements should be taken in 5-30 seconds. For chest and abdominal examinations, breathing must be held for this time, as instructed by the operator via microphone. In some cases, for abdominal and pelvic examinations, 1-1.5 litres of water or diluted contrast medium must be drunk approximately 1-1.5 hours before the examination. This is necessary to separate the intestines from their surroundings and to allow the intestinal wall to be examined. For examination of the rectum and colon, it may rarely be necessary to fill the rectum or colon - enema. For cardiac examinations it may be necessary to administer a preparatory drug. For these special tests, the total time of the test including preparation may be up to 1.5 hours.

Information about CT lung screening (in Hungarian)

What does the administration of contrast material involve?

For certain examinations, the administration of contrast material is prescribed. This contrast material is an iodine-containing compound suitable for the imaging of blood vessels and the examination of blood circulation in organs and tissues. It is most often introduced into the body through a vein in the arm. Among the regularly taken medications, the administration of iodine-containing contrast material should be avoided with certain medications used for diabetes. These antidiabetic drugs cannot be taken for 2 days before and after the contrast-enhanced examination. The method of suspending the medication should be discussed with the treating physician.

With normal kidney function, the contrast material does not harm the kidneys, but it is important to consume plenty of fluids on the days before and after the administration of contrast material!

As with any drug, hypersensitivity to contrast material can occur rarely. The hypersensitivity is not to the iodine itself but to the combination of iodine and the molecule it is bonded to, that is, to the compound.

For abdominal and pelvic CT scans, drinking a different type of contrast material is also necessary to better assess and differentiate the intestines. This contrast material can cause diarrhea.

Can a CT scan be performed on pregnant or nursing women?

CT scans during pregnancy are only conducted in special cases or if there's a suspicion of a serious illness, as X-ray radiation can harm the fetus. CT scans can be safely performed during breastfeeding. If a venous contrast material examination is needed, do not breastfeed for two days following the administration of the contrast material; instead, express the milk but do not feed it to your child.

Is a referral necessary for the examination?

CT scans do not require an official referral, but for proper planning and accurate diagnosis, the patient's history, symptoms, complaints, the directional diagnosis, and the region to be scanned and the type of scan are necessary.

It is advisable that this information is written down by the patient's doctor or general practitioner, as this will ensure a more accurate transfer of information and a higher quality of the examination. It may not be possible to carry out the test in the absence of information.

It is the patient's interest and responsibility to provide and obtain the above information.

What else do we need to bring to the examination?

The patient must bring all previous results, images, CDs, discharge summaries, histopathology reports, and surgical descriptions related to the examined body region or illness.

With a few exceptions (e.g., sinus, lung screening, bone), every CT scan is performed with contrast material.

For these, the patient must bring laboratory results that are no older than 1 month. The laboratory test can also be performed at Duna Medical Center.

How do patients receive the results?

The evaluation of the results is completed within a maximum of 3 working days following the examination. The results can be collected electronically using the EESZT (Electronic Health Service Space) through Ügyfélkapu, in person at a pre-arranged time, by an authorized person, or via email. It is necessary to coordinate this with the assistant conducting the examination and the reception.

The collection of image data written on a CD is only possible in person.

read and fill out our patient information form, and bring it with you to the examination to ensure a smooth and quick administrative process.


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