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Computed Tomography (CT)

In Calgary, our private pay CTs use a combination of X-rays and computer technology to provide comprehensive images of any part of the body. This advanced medical imaging technique is much more detailed than regular X-rays and can evaluate the head, blood vessels, neck, chest, heart, lungs, abdomen, pelvis, bones and joints. By pinpointing areas of concern we can help detect diseases before they cause symptoms and while they can still be successfully treated, such as a heart attack and lung or colon cancer.

CT scans can be diagnostic or preventative screening exams:

  • Diagnostic CT imaging helps locate abnormalities after you have developed a symptom or your health care practitioner has discovered a problem.
  • Preventative CT screening can help with early detection of diseases before they become clinically apparent. At Mayfair Diagnostics, we offer individual screening exams, or, if you are interested multiple screening exams, we offer Health Assessment Packages.

Why choose Mayfair Diagnostics' private CT services? Learn more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is a CT appropriate for me?

A CT scan must be requested by a heath care practitioner, so it’s important to speak to your doctor about whether it’s appropriate for you. Your personal medical history will determine whether or not a CT is recommended, such as how long you’ve had symptoms, how they affect your daily activities, and what other imaging exams, like an X-ray or ultrasound, indicated. In determining appropriateness, there are a number of questions you could discuss with your doctor. What are your treatment options? What outcomes could be expected for each option? How does a CT work? What are the risks? What happens if you don’t have a CT scan? Is a private CT an option? What happens after your CT?

Why would I choose a private CT?

If you are covered under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, you are eligible for a CT scan through the public health care system. However, wait times can be long. You can choose to pay to have this same CT privately. Since treatment plans are most effective when there is a clear understanding of what is causing your symptoms, waiting for a CT can delay your return to health. It’s important to speak to your health care practitioner about your options.

What are the risks of a CT?

The exposure to radiation from a CT scan is higher than that of standard X-rays, but the associated risk is still small. For example, the radiation exposure from one low-dose CT scan of the chest is the same as the exposure from the earth's natural background radiation over six months. In most cases, the benefits of a CT, such as the early detection of a serious illness, outweigh the small increased risk from radiation exposure. If your CT exam requires intravenous contrast, there is a small risk of allergic reaction to the contrast agent. Diabetes, asthma, heart disease, kidney problems, or thyroid conditions also increase your risk of a reaction to contrast.

What can I expect during my CT scan?

A CT scan is very similar to an X-ray. You will be positioned on a table while the technologist adjusts the scanner. The technologist then leaves the room and the scan begins. These scans are painless. Depending on the type of exam, you may need an intravenous (IV) injection of contrast solution. On a few occasions, you may also be asked to hold your breath (for 10-15 seconds) to help obtain specific images.

What happens after my CT?

Once your exam is complete, you will be given a copy of your images. The images will also be interpreted by a sub-specialized radiologist and a report will be sent to your referring physician, usually shortly after your test. If there are any concerning results, an urgent phone call or fax will be made to your referring physician. For all results, your doctor will receive a detailed report by the next business day following your exam. Your doctor will then discuss your results with you.

How much does a private CT cost?

The cost for a CT scan depends on the body part being scanned and whether or not contrast solution is required. For exact pricing you will need to contact the Mayfair Diagnostics booking department (403-777-4674). Some corporate health plans have a wellness dollars options that may cover the cost of your exam. Please speak to your health care practitioner, and possibly your employer’s HR department, to discuss your options. CT exams at Mayfair Diagnostics are provided as private pay exams and are not covered by Alberta Health Care. Prices may vary depending on the type of scan ordered.

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Our Technology

The world’s first high-definition CT scanner provides unprecedented image quality, giving your doctor sharper detail for a more accurate diagnosis. High definition also means lower radiation. Our revolutionary Discovery CT from GE Healthcare features technology to reduce your exposure to radiation by up to 50 percent.