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PRP Bathurst Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

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PRP Cumberland Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8.30am - 12 noon

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PRP Dubbo Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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PRP Eastwood Monday to Friday 8am to 5.30pm
Saturday 8am to 12 noon

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PRP Frenchs Forest Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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PRP Gosford North Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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PRP Hornsby Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
Saturday 8am to 12 noon

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PRP Moore Park/City East Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm
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PRP Norwest Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.30pm

Saturday 8.00am - 12 noon
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PRP Orange Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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PRP Shellharbour Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

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PRP Tuggerah Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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PRP Wollongong Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

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  • CT Cardiac (CTCA) explained

    CTCA provides similar information as a conventional coronary angiogram, without the need for admission to hospital or the use of invasive catheters passed into the heart. As well as being less invasive, CTCA is faster to perform, compared to conventional coronary angiography, with very little patient discomfort or inconvenience. CTCA can accurately detect and grade stenosis (narrowing) of the coronary arteries caused by plaque formation in the vessel wall. CTCA is also used to evaluate developmental abnormalities of the heart and coronary vessels and to check the patency of existing coronary bypass grafts.

  • Please advise us beforehand

    If you have had an adverse reaction to a previous contrast injection or other drugs or if you have any renal impairment. We will ask you to complete a questionnaire before the examination and sign a consent to the contrast injection if it is required for your examination.

    If you are, or may be, pregnant.

  • Preparation

    Please bring your referral, Medicare and Pension Health Care Cards with any previous imaging relating to the region being scanned.

    Please do not consume any caffeine for 24 hours prior and avoid Viagra, Cialis, Levitra & similar for 72 hours prior. Please also fast from solid foods 2 hours prior to your examination.

  • What happens during the procedure

    You will be given a gown to wear, and then taken into the CT scan room and asked to lie down on the CT table.

    CTCA works best if your heart rate is regular and is about 60 beats per minute or less. The practice doctor will determine whether medications to slow the heart will need to be administered prior to your scan. It usually takes an hour to achieve the required heart rate after taking the medication. When the ideal heart rate is reached, you will be directed to the CT suite where you will lie down on the scanner table. The radiographer will explain the examination to you in detail.

    A nurse or radiographer will insert a cannula into a vein in your hand or elbow for the administration of the X-ray contrast. The X-ray contrast highlights or ‘colours-in’ the coronary arteries, enhancing the visibility of the vessels and the heart structures. ECG leads will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart rate. The CT scanner will give you a series of breath exercises throughout the examination, instructing you to breathe in and hold your breath for about 10 seconds at a time.

    Just prior to acquiring your images, the radiographer will place some Nitrolingual spray (used for angina pain relief) under your tongue. This briefly dilates the coronary arteries to give an enhanced view. The injection of the X-ray contrast will begin shortly after this and once the contrast reaches the heart, the images will be obtained in less than a second.

  • How long does it take

    The scanning component of your examination only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, however you should allow at least 2-3 hours for your total appointment duration.

  • After Your Examination

    If you have been given heart-rate-slowing medications, a technician or nurse will take your blood pressure and heart rate to make sure they are stable before you leave the practice. You may be given post-examination instructions to follow.

    Drink plenty of fluids (provided you are permitted to do so by your doctor) for the next 24-48 hours.

  • Your images and report

    Our specialist doctors will analyse your CTCA images. Because image interpretation can be so time consuming, allow at least a few days for your results to become available. Urgent results can be provided upon request by your referring doctor.

  • Special precautions

    You may not be able to have this test performed if you have previously had a reaction to X-ray contrast, or have significant renal failure. You must inform staff if there is any chance of pregnancy, or if you are breastfeeding.

  • Special instructions for diabetics

    If your examination requires fasting, then book an early morning appointment and have your breakfast and diabetic medication after the examination.

    If your examination will require an intravenous injection of contrast medium, we need to know your renal function. Please bring along the results of your most recent blood test creatinine level.

  • Possible Complications

    Allergic reactions to contrast material can occur but significant reactions are rare, and generally respond to adrenalin. Our staff members are equipped and trained to treat contrast reactions.

Services - CT

Ct - LOW DOSE

The philosophy of PRP is to image gently; each step being made as pleasant and safe as possible. Our 640-slice CT scanner with ultra-fast scanning times and low-dose radiation provides you with state-of-the-art health care.

This content is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you would like any clarifications, please contact your local practice.