Discovering the Power of CT Brain
CT Head at Urgent Care Brisbane
Meet Sarah, a 38-year-old teacher who visited us last month. She’d been battling migraines for weeks. Her doctor recommended a head CT scan. With trepidation in her heart, she arrived at Urgent Care Brisbane.
Plain CT Brain
Sarah’s journey began with a plain CT Head scan. This non-invasive procedure uses X-rays to create detailed images of her brain. It required no special preparation – all Sarah had to do was lie down on the scanner bed, hold her breath, and let the CT scanner do its job.
Through the plain CT scan, we could observe the bones, blood vessels, and different areas of Sarah’s brain. The process was quick and straightforward, providing us with a clear picture of her brain’s health in less than half an hour.
Contrast CT Head
Given Sarah’s persistent migraines, we decided to conduct a contrast CT head scan. Here, a contrast material was introduced into her bloodstream to highlight certain structures within her brain.
Sarah was initially anxious about the contrast injection. She had heard about potential side effects like a metallic taste or an allergic reaction to contrast. However, we assured her that reactions were rare and were usually minor, like a warm feeling during the injection.
Indication for CT Brain
CT Brain scans at Urgent Care Brisbane are recommended for a host of conditions. These include:
- Headaches – Persistent or severe headaches, like Sarah’s, could be indicative of an underlying condition.
- Head Injuries – CT scans can detect brain hemorrhage, skull fractures, or any brain tissue damage.
- Stroke Symptoms – Sudden onset of weakness, confusion, or difficulty in speaking could be signs of a stroke. A CT scan can detect blood clots or bleeding in the brain.
- Cancer – CT scans can help detect brain tumours and monitor the effectiveness of treatments.
Contraindications for CT Brain
While CT Brain is a powerful tool, it isn’t suitable for everyone. Pregnant women, due to radiation exposure, and people with severe allergies to the contrast media, are usually advised against this procedure. People with certain medical conditions or above the weight limit for the CT scanner might also need alternative methods of diagnosis.
Limitations of CT Brain
Despite its high utility, CT Brain has its limitations. It may not always detect very small lesions or those located in the brain’s posterior fossa, close to the skull. In Sarah’s case, while the CT scan helped rule out significant brain anomalies, it could not provide detailed information about her brain tissue at a microstructural level.
When is MRI Brain Needed?
This is where an MRI Brain comes in handy. It uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the brain, enabling us to delve into the intricacies of the brain’s structure and function. Unlike CT scans, MRIs can capture the brain’s minute details without radiation exposure. Therefore, we recommended Sarah to undergo an MRI for a more thorough examination of her brain tissue.
An MRI brain becomes necessary when there’s a need to:
- Visualize minute brain structures
- Detect small or multiple sclerosis lesions
- Assess the impact of stroke on brain tissue
- Diagnose conditions like epilepsy, which may not be detectable with a CT scan.
At Urgent Care Brisbane, we seamlessly transition between CT and MRI, depending upon the need of the hour.
Sarah left Urgent Care Brisbane feeling relieved and grateful. Her story encapsulates our core values – prompt action, a patient-centric approach, and high-quality care. Our use of the CT Brain Scan underscores our commitment to providing precise, accurate diagnoses to guide effective treatment strategies.
Whether it’s the first ray of dawn or the quiet hours of the night, Urgent Care Brisbane, staffed with emergency doctors and nurses, is always ready. As Sarah’s story illustrates, we are prepared to delve into the complexities of the human brain and illuminate the path to recovery, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care in their hour of need.
Incorporating the latest advancements in CT Brain technology, we stand at the forefront of neurological care, a beacon of hope in the healthcare landscape of Brisbane.
The CT Brain at Urgent Care Brisbane: Quick, reliable, and centered around you – because when it comes to your health, every second counts.
Cost of a CT Scan Head
At Urgent Care Brisbane, we believe in transparent pricing that allows our patients to make informed decisions about their healthcare. For a CT Head Scan, costs can vary based on several factors, including whether a contrast agent is used and the time of your appointment.
For patients with Medicare, we directly bill the cost of the CT Head Scan to Medicare, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free process. However, please note that if you arrive during after-hours, there may be additional radiographer fees applied. This is due to the need for our dedicated radiography team to provide services outside standard working hours.
Remember, investing in a CT scan is investing in the detailed understanding of your health, and we are here to support you through every step of this journey. If you have any questions about costs or billing, our team at Urgent Care Brisbane is always ready to help.
At Urgent care Brisbane we have Radiology open 10am to 8pm 7 days and week including weekends and public holidays ,You can walk-in for urgent X-ray or CT Scan needed for your condition.